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Everybody's a cowboy for a night when the rodeo comes to town

Date: 2014-09-10
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

Experts say to expect a cold, wet winter in the Southeast

Date: 2014-09-10
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

ASU student is still missing

Date: 2014-09-10
Anna S. Smith, the student missing from Appalachian State University remains missing and is now classified as an “endangered person” by Boone Police. Smith is 18 years old, has short red hair, blue eyes, is 5-feet 9-inches tall, slender build, and has nose piercings, a black and white sunflower tattoo on her upper right chest near her collar bone and Latin lettering over her lower left ribs.  Full Story

Quave invents ‘Don’t Forget Me’ alarm for cars

Date: 2014-09-10
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

Mabe sentenced to 20 years

Date: 2014-09-10
Richard Shane Mabe appeared in federal court on September 8, 2014 in Greeneville, Tennessee in connection with charges stemming from a carjacking in Johnson County on Divide Road that occurred in June of 2013. Mabe, a resident of Mountain City, pled guilty and was sentenced to 240 months, or 20 years, in prison. Once he is released, he will serve five years of supervision under the United States Probation Office. He will be 55 once he completes his sentence.   Full Story

Some residents may be required to start paying city taxes

Date: 2014-09-10
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Laurel Creek Trail is a new Johnson County wonder

Date: 2014-09-10
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

The "man up" attitude is arcaic and irrelevant

Date: 2014-09-10
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Horns win over Devils

Date: 2014-09-10
After a week long break from action on the football field, the Longhorns were almost cost a second game because of the weather. Originally scheduled for a Friday night game on the road against the Grayson County Blue Devils from Independence, Virginia, heavy rains flooded the field and caused a postponement until Saturday. Even then the rain remained steady, and Head Coach Don Kerley was becoming worried that his team might not have gotten into the game at all.   Full Story

Volleyball has a rough week

Date: 2014-09-10
The Lady Longhorns had another rough week, playing two conference matches and a weekend tournament at Patrick Henry High School that saw a couple of strong wins but also several big losses. The week kicked off against the Sullivan East Lady Patriots, who ended up breezing through two of three game wins but found themselves fighting to hold on in a third.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-09-10
Young people? Are you looking for adventure? Challenge? Group activities? The Seventh-day Adventist Church at 1231 Cold Springs Road is beginning their second year of PATHFINDERS, a Christian scout-like organization. It meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30-8:00 p.m. This program is especially geared to ages 10-15. It helps young people develop community spirit, work together as a team, and grow in the grace and the knowledge of God. The registration is going on during the month of September, so come by and have a look. October’s program features Native American lore, with a real tipi and Indian crafts.  Full Story

Sam Houston was a man of courage and perseverance

Date: 2014-09-10
In Blount County near Maryville, Tennessee sits a log schoolhouse the famed frontiersman, statesman and pioneer Sam Houston built. Houston taught one term with the tution $8.00 per pupil per term. He had enough students so that he earned enough to settle his debts. The term of his school lasted from corn planting in the spring until harvest or cold weather in the fall.   Full Story

State's First Lady and author visit county as part of reading promotion

Date: 2014-09-03
By:  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-09-03
Roan Creek Baptist Church to  Full Story

Bill Monroe was the father of bluegrass

Date: 2014-09-03
The Bluegrass genre of music is truly American. But there are many aficionados of Bluegrass not only in America, but also in many countries around the world. The late Bill Monroe, who could well be said to be a legend in his own time, created the Bluegrass style.   Full Story

Op-ed page

Date: 2014-09-03
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Streetchat illuminates troubling behavior at Johnson County High School

Date: 2014-09-03
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raising awareness across the country

Date: 2014-09-03
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Longhorns win a few, lose a few in volleyball action

Date: 2014-09-03
The first few matches for the Lady Longhorns this season have been a roller coaster ride of successes and failures. After a rough start in the season opening Jamboree, Johnson County bounced back with a huge win over Unicoi County last weekend’s Elizabethton Invitational Tournament. The rest of the event didn’t go quite as well, with the Lady Longhorns battling but coming up short against both Cherokee and Volunteer and handed a tough defeat by West Greene.  Full Story

JCHS JV team pulls off win over TN High Vikings

Date: 2014-09-03
Just a couple of days following the Varsity’s defeat at home against the Tennessee High Vikings, Johnson County’s Junior Varsity team returned the favor, traveling to Bristol and pulling off one of the closest wins in recent memory. The whole first half of the game was a battle of defense as both sides came out fresh and worked hard to get the upper hand.   Full Story

Former Damascus officer hopes to win bid for his old K-9 partner

Date: 2014-09-03
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Xavier continues to progress as his family meets every challenge

Date: 2014-09-03
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Rodeo this weekend

Date: 2014-09-03
The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Mountain Heritage Rodeo is this weekend, Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th. The event will be held at the Chamber Park on Highway 67W outside of Mountain City. Gates open at 6 p.m. Rodeo begins at 8 p.m. Ticket prices and more information can be seen on page 7A of today’s Tomahawk.   Full Story

Old-time music brings the Laurel community together

Date: 2014-08-27
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-08-27
Calvary Baptist Church opens  Full Story

Grayson and Whitter just two of Johnson Coutny's talented residents

Date: 2014-08-27
Johnson County is noted by the number of talented musicians it has claimed over the years. While some were natives, others came to the county from other areas. As I think of musicians who were residents of Johnson County who had a measure of success, G. B. Grayson, a resident of the Laurel Bloomery area comes to mind. Gilliam Banmon (G. B) Grayson was born in Ashe County, North Carolina on November 11, 1887. His family moved to the vicinity of Laurel Bloomery when he was young. There were a number of other talented musicians from Johnson County of course and perhaps I’ll write about some of them in a future column.   Full Story

Complaint filed asking for new election in county

Date: 2014-08-27
By Paula Walter  Full Story

JCHS golf team is back in winning form

Date: 2014-08-27
The JCHS Golf Team was back on track this week with at total of three matches at three different courses. Starting off at home, the Longhorns dominated the Hampton Bulldogs, 181-225 with sophomore Isaiah Penley once again taking the top spot on the ticket with a 43. Ironically, despite the overall win, it was actually a rough day for most of the players on the team, hitting at least a couple of strokes higher on average. The Bulldogs relied mainly on Stone Hutchinson, who brought in a 44, to help keep their scores down, but still came up short with several others in the top four coming in with mid 50s or low 60s.   Full Story

Horns lose season opener Thursday night to bigger Tennessee High Vikings

Date: 2014-08-27
In their debut home game against the visiting Tennessee High Vikings, Johnson County’s varsity football team started off strong and held their own all the way down to the half. Playing that high of a caliber opponent means that every single play can be the game breaker, and it only took a couple serious setbacks to ultimately cost the Longhorns a rare chance at victory.   Full Story

Johnson County Bank sponsors Positive Thinkers’ luau event

Date: 2014-08-27
By Paula Walter  Full Story

State’s best tasting water title awarded to Cold Springs Utility

Date: 2014-08-27
The citizens of Tennessee are fortunate to have an abundance of water sources and local utilities that provide clean, reliable water that is essential to the quality of life for those who depend on it every day throughout the state.  Full Story

From educator to dollmaker, Peggy Kirksey is talented

Date: 2014-08-20
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Swift believes we should not judge people by appearance

Date: 2014-08-20
The French writer Jean de la Fontaine wrote: “Beware as long as you live, of judging people by appearances.” While I may not agree with him on all his writings, I believe that short sentence is one of the great truths of all time. There have been many grave misjudgments because folks have judged by appearances.   Full Story

Last meeting for many county commissioners; board still handles full agenda and workload

Date: 2014-08-20
Even though it was the last sitting meeting for many members of the current Johnson County Commission, there was still plenty of work to be done at the courthouse last Thursday night. First on the list was a return visit from Public Defender, Jeff Kelley, who brought some extra information regarding a proposed resolution to add an extra $12.50 on most violations to cover the cost of hiring extra legal aid in the county.   Full Story

New Community Hope Fellowship opens doors

Date: 2014-08-20
By: Marlana Ward  Full Story

Students introduced to Archambault by attending readings of the author's books

Date: 2014-08-20
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

School board says goodbye to Buckles

Date: 2014-08-20
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Lauer introduces others to 'me, myself and I'

Date: 2014-08-20
By: Lacy Hilliard   Full Story

Horns come up short in final scrimmage before season

Date: 2014-08-20
Johnson County played in their third and final scrimmage of the pre-season early last week, taking to the road against the Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers in what largely became a skills contest. Unlike earlier scrimmages against Cherokee and Volunteer, the match-up against Daniel Boone was much less formal, only going a few plays at a time and involving numerous switches in the lineup between varsity and JV players. Ultimately coming up short two touchdowns to one, Coach Don Kerley seemed glad that his team remained competitive throughout the evening but attributed the loss to the relative inconsistency.  Full Story

JCHS golf team takes third in match

Date: 2014-08-20
The JCHS golf team continued to have success in their second week of matches, despite rain and scheduling conflicts. Reduced down to just two days of play, the Longhorns were still able to come out on top against talented teams like Elizabethton and Happy Valley. Once again a trio of amazingly talented players led Sullivan South to carry the overall match at Tri-Cities Golf Course but Johnson County was still able to pull off a fairly close third place ranking just behind Sullivan East.   Full Story

Old Butler Days celebrate "The Town that wouldn't drown"

Date: 2014-08-13
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-08-13
Community Hope Fellowship opens its doors  Full Story

Many incumbants retain their seats

Date: 2014-08-13
The following information, received from the Johnson County Election Commission, is a summary of the 2014 state primary and general county election.   There are 10 precincts in the county, and each of the counties has sent their final report. There were 5,497 voters in Johnson County, a voter turnout of 49.96 percent. On Election Day, 1,891 Johnson Countians cast their ballots. There were 3,606 voters who took advantage of absentee and early voting. “The turnout for election day was lower than expected,” said Johnson County Administrator of Elections, Mike Long. While the final reports are in, the results be reviewed again and certified.  Full Story

City Council searching for home for Farmers Market

Date: 2014-08-13
The members of the Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen clarified their stance on several ongoing issues last Tuesday, with Alderman Kenny Icenhour kicking things off by clearing the air on the council’s recent controversial decision to deny the placement of a large open air pavilion in Ralph Stout Park to serve as the permanent home of the Johnson County Farmers Market.   Full Story

Jordan beats long time addiction through faith

Date: 2014-08-13
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Tomahawk offers new service aimed at realtors and restaurants

Date: 2014-08-13
The Tomahawk’s website is now featuring two new resources for our readers that will give them instant access to view real estate properties for sale in our area, as well as local restaurants.  Full Story

Daniel Boone frequently made his way through Johnson County

Date: 2014-08-13
Daniel Boone is a familiar name to many Americans. It is a very familiar name to folks who live in Johnson County or the surrounding area. Boone’s trek through the wilderness of what is now Johnson County, Tennessee is one of adventure and hardship. Historians say Boone was one of the earliest men to come through what is now Johnson County. Others who came early were John Honeycutt, James Millican and James Robertson. Robertson went on to explore and settle Middle Tennessee. He is often referred to as “The Father of Tennessee.” Boone’s family settled in the Yadkin Valley in 1751. It was from there that Boone launched his various trips into Kentucky where he established Boonesborough.   Full Story

Longhorn football off to an awesome start in pre-season

Date: 2014-08-13
The Longhorns have continued to see success in the pre-season with a second scrimmage victory last Friday against the much larger Cherokee High School Chiefs from Rogersville. Getting off to a rough start with a bad kick that allowed Cherokee to make a huge 70 plus yard touchdown in the second play of the game, Johnson County fought back and relied heavily on their line to help even the score. According to Head Coach Don Kerley the team had been working the entire week prior to improve their offense and even accounting a few slip-ups, the difference was plain to see.   Full Story

Longhorns can boast a victorious golf season

Date: 2014-08-13
The short golf season can make scheduling a little daunting, yet even after playing three major matches in their very first week back at school, the Longhorns were able to come out strong. Seniors Nathan Timbs, Morgan Eggers, and Nate Plyler all made their return at Red Tail last Monday, and were joined by an equally strong group of sophomores and juniors including Isaiah Penley, Brandon Vannoy, Sawyer Main, and Dylan Nichols.   Full Story

Winners of the local county election

Date: 2014-08-08
The winners of the 2014 local elections are as follows: Larry Potter retained the office of mayor; Lisa Johnson Crowder is the new county trustee; William Bliss Hawkins was re-elected as general sessions and juvenile court judge; Mike Reece was re-elected as sheriff, Melissa Hollaway is the new circuit court clerk; Tammie Fenner retained her position as county clerk and Freida May Dugger is the new register of deeds. Darrell Reece was elected as road superintendent.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-08-05
Calvary Baptist Church opens  Full Story

Old Mill Ministries host successful 7th Annual Back to School Bash

Date: 2014-08-05
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Calm After The Storm

Date: 2014-08-05
This photo, taken by Johnson County High School senior Leanna Garrett, captures a rather deceiving tranquil scene shortly after last month’s devastating storms. Most witnesses say the hail and high winds moved through the area in a matter of minutes, leaving damaged roofs and siding, uprooted trees and fallen limbs, broken windows, automobile damage and shredded gardens and flowers in their wake.  Full Story

Old newspaper features election news, death of beloved physician and other news of the day

Date: 2014-08-05
While looking through some of my old newspapers the other day, I ran across an October 31, 1946 edition of The Johnson County News. I thought finding it from a random search to be somewhat ironic because that particular issue was just prior to the election then and the one you are reading is too.   Full Story

‘Fish Springs, Beneath the Surface’ is a strange but true story of lives before the lake

Date: 2014-08-05
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Watauga Elementary to hold reunion August 9th

Date: 2014-08-05
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Barlow/Sutton event raises money for scholarship fund

Date: 2014-08-05
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Coach Kerley pleased with team's performance in scrimmage

Date: 2014-08-05
The JCHS Football team did well in their first showing on the field this year, holding their own and coming out with a narrow 7-0 win over the Volunteer Falcons in an on-the-road scrimmage last Thursday. A full two divisions higher than Johnson County, Volunteer is expected to be on the upswing this season making the scrimmage a tough one and exactly what Head Coach Don Kerley was looking for at this early stage in the season.   Full Story

A fallen hero is welcomed home

Date: 2014-07-30
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-07-30
First Christian Church Preschool  Full Story

Labels create division rather than inspiring positive change

Date: 2014-07-30
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

What would we do without electricity?

Date: 2014-07-30
Last Sunday evening a thunderstorm roared through Mountain City. As I write this column I hope and pray nobody was hurt or had property damage from the results of the high winds, hail or lightning the storm brought. A brief look around our house showed no apparent damage but the wind sure blew pretty hard and there was penny-size hail on the ground. There were also a lot of leaves on the ground as a result of the storm.  Full Story

Tristan Hill named to Pre-season All-State

Date: 2014-07-30
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Storms hit county with vengeance

Date: 2014-07-30
Johnson County as well as surrounding areas were hit by devastating storms Sunday evening. Although sightings of tornadoes were confirmed in other counties, there has been no official confirmation of funnel clouds in Johnson County yet. That is not to say that no property damages were sustained however. On the contrary, wind, rain and hail pummeled the county with Pleasant Valley and parts of Cold Springs seemingly hardest hit. Uprooted trees, broken limbs and leaves covered the countryside and roadways. Monday morning dawned with many homes and vehicles damaged by the hail and high winds. Broken windows in cars and houses, dents and holes in siding, large gaping holes in roofs from falling trees, and shredded flowers and vegetable gardens stretched for miles, especially along Highway 421 from the edge of Mountain City toward Shady Valley. Residents said their gardens and flowers look like “someone used a weed eater on them.” Some even reported plants being pulled out of the ground by the wind.  Full Story

Tomahawk blue boxes popping up everywhere

Date: 2014-07-30
Many local Tomahawk subscribers will soon be receiving their Tomahawk newspapers on Wednesdays.  Full Story

Johnson County offers multiple ways for volunteers to serve

Date: 2014-07-30
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

Royston exercises her new right to vote

Date: 2014-07-30
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

Rainbow of color at Quilt Guild 10th anniversary show

Date: 2014-07-23
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Watauga Lake Cleanup nets 130 bags of garbage

Date: 2014-07-23
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

TDOC investigating death of NECC inmate

Date: 2014-07-23
Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) authorities in charge of the investigation into the alleged murder of an inmate that occurred at Northeast Correctional Complex (NECC) have released the name of the victim. Timothy Tillery, Jr. was pronounced dead at a local hospital at approximately 10:03 a.m. on Saturday, July 19.   Full Story

Sunflower Festival a success despite the rain

Date: 2014-07-23
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Commission looks to state for concrete figures in unpaid court fines

Date: 2014-07-23
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-07-23
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Tomahawk printing one day early week of election

Date: 2014-07-23
The Tomahawk will be printing a day early the week of election. The election will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, and The Tomahawk will be coming out on Tuesday, August 5 rather than the usual Wednesday publishing date. Deadlines will be adjusted for advertising and editorial content to accommodate the early print date. Classified advertising must be in The Tomahawk office by Friday, August 1 at noon, with retail advertising and editorial deadlines the same day at 4:30 p.m.   Full Story

Horns dominate in Hampton Tourney

Date: 2014-07-23
Just a few weeks into his new job and head football coach Don Kerley is already seeing some strong results from this year’s team. Participating in the annual seven on seven passing league tournament hosted by Hampton High School, the Longhorns dominated the field with a surprising showing by the team’s wide receivers. On the opposite end, quarterback Warren Kerley did a great job representing the varsity program while Nathan Arnold led the JV.   Full Story

There has been a lot of variation among Tennessee's governors

Date: 2014-07-23
As I learn more about the governors of Tennessee, it becomes clear to me that there has been much variation among them. I have found that there is a great deal of interesting facts about them and their governorship. It is interesting to know that some consider William Blount to be the first governor of Tennessee due to his being governor for the Territory South of the River Ohio which included Tennessee. George Washington appointed Governor Blount to that post in 1790. In 1796, Blount presided over the constitutional convention that transformed part of the territory into the State of Tennessee.   Full Story

Joe Barlow, Kim Sutton fund-raiser NEXT weekend

Date: 2014-07-23
The Joe Barlow and Kim Sutton Car and Bike Show will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Main Street in downtown Mountain City. There is an error in the printed version of The Tomahawk this week. The headline states the event is this weekend, when in reality it is next weekend. The body of the story contains the correct dates, but the headline is in error. The Tomahawk apologizes for the error.  Full Story

Johnson County missionary travels to China

Date: 2014-07-16
Carol Sue Billingsley recently returned from a two-month mission trip that took her into the heart of China. A resident of Johnson County, she attends a Christian college in northeast Tennessee and is majoring in Chinese studies and English as a second language.  Their trip was twofold as Billingsley, along with 12 of her classmates and their professor, ventured deep into China not only as part of their studies, but to introduce Jesus Christ to the people.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-07-16
Southside Freewill Baptist VBS  Full Story

Sandburg's poetry inspires patriotism

Date: 2014-07-16
Carl Sandburg’s poetry impressed me when I was a student at Johnson County High School. Since we’re just past Independence Day, a time when folks tend to show their patriotism perhaps more than at any other time in the year, my theme for this column is freedom.  Full Story

Perkins coaches, Worley plays in Fellowship of Christian Athletes game

Date: 2014-07-16
Johnson County played a big role in Friday’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Baseball All-Game hosted at King University in Bristol. A matchup between East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, the game featured some of the best talent from around the region while at the same time promoting the Christian faith. JCHS Assistant Coach and JV Head Coach Nicholas Perkins was once again asked to take the helm for the Tennessee team, which included players from nine different clubs as well as the Longhorns’ own Adam Worley.   Full Story

Girls basketball gains experience at MTSU team camp

Date: 2014-07-16
The Lady Longhorns basketball team has had another busy and successful summer. After traveling several hours to take part in a nearly week long team camp at Middle Tennessee State University, the girls were back home to play a series of games hosted by Gate City High School in Virginia. Featuring teams from all over East Tennessee, the MTSU camp saw the Lady Longhorns pitted against some of the best talent in the state including the Riverdale High School Lady Warriors from Murfreesboro.   Full Story

Johnson County Schools readies for 2014-15 year

Date: 2014-07-16
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Tomahawk Wednesday home delivery starts next month

Date: 2014-07-16
Many local Tomahawk subscribers will soon be receiving their Tomahawk newspapers on Wednesdays.  Full Story

Tomahawk wins TN Press awards, top feature photo

Date: 2014-07-16
The Tomahawk recently won several awards in the 2014 University of Tennessee, Tennessee Press Awards State contest.   Full Story

Judge, court clerk, deputy named in federal lawsuit

Date: 2014-07-16
Robert Franklin of Elizabethton, Tennessee has filed a civil lawsuit against Johnson County Deputy Joe Greer, Johnson County Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Hawkins and Johnson County Circuit Court Judge William Hawkins. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee on March 28, 2014.   Full Story

Relay For Life encourages survivors to finish the fight

Date: 2014-07-16
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

Mountain City painted red, white and blue

Date: 2014-07-09
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-07-09
Roan Creek Baptist needs medical equipment  Full Story

Hilliard says town council decision stands in the way of progress

Date: 2014-07-09
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

JCHS volleyball team learns a lot at summer camp at ASU

Date: 2014-07-09
The JCHS volleyball team has been through some changes since last season but that hasn’t diminished the girls’ enthusiasm for the sport. Most recently the Lady Longhorns took part in a very special home camp with help from Appalachian State University’s head coach, Matt Ginipro. New JCHS coach Donna Poteet was there through both days of the camp and was very pleased with the results.  Full Story

Early voting begins July 18

Date: 2014-07-09
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Doe Mountain now welcomes hunters and horseback riders

Date: 2014-07-09
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

City Council tells Farmers Market no to pavilion in Ralph Stout Park

Date: 2014-07-09
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Johnson County celebrates our nation's independence

Date: 2014-07-09
Fireworks at Ralph Stout Park were the grand finale to Johnson County's Independence Day celebration.  Full Story

Calls fill the airways on Amateur Radio Operators Field Day

Date: 2014-07-02
By: Marlana Ward  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-07-02
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

The Battle of King's Mountain was a turning point of the Revolution

Date: 2014-07-02
Twenty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a new state was born — Tennessee. A convoluted history led up to Tennessee becoming the 16th state in the United States. It was admitted as a state on June 1, 1796. In the years prior to Statehood, the land that became Tennessee was under a number of governing bodies.   Full Story

Hobby Lobby's victory is a defeat of freedom

Date: 2014-07-02
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Sam Thomas signs to play baseball at Alice Lloyd

Date: 2014-07-02
For some students, getting ready for college is a long, stressful process full of difficult decisions and careful planning. Many find their first few semesters away from home challenging, their finances strained, and their academics struggling. Because of these pressures, or at least their perception, some students don’t even bother with going to college at all. Yet, in a few cases the stars just seem to align and despite all the odds things fall into place as if they were meant to be all along. This was the scenario that led up to JCHS alumni Sam Thomas’s signing last week in Pippa Passes, Kentucky where he will now join the Eagles baseball team at Alice Lloyd College.   Full Story

Patrick South turns down athletic offers for academics

Date: 2014-07-02
It could be the nearly 3,500 career yards that he picked up playing football for Johnson County High School, the key defensive plays he made on the basketball court, maybe the impressive 30 he scored on the ACT, or possibly even the 4.0 GPA that made him one of his classes’ five valedictorians, but regardless of what specific accomplishment you look at there is no denying that Patrick South is a remarkable young man who undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.   Full Story

Inside today's Tomahawk

Date: 2014-07-02
Our annual special section honoring our military personnel is inside today's Tomahawk. Pick up one on newsstands today!  Full Story

Morris Woodring leaves school system after 35 years of service

Date: 2014-07-02
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Jones Hardwoods has continued to grow during slow economy

Date: 2014-07-02
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Jamie Curd trial reset for next year

Date: 2014-07-02
The double murder trial for Jamie Curd, previously set for August 12, 2014, has been rescheduled after a motion hearing in Washington County, Tennessee. Curd has been charged with the shooting death of Billy Payne, Jr. and Billy Jean Hayworth. They were found murdered in their home in Johnson County on January 31, 2012. Their infant son was found unharmed in the arms of his deceased mother. It has been previously reported that the murders arose from a dispute between the couple and Jenelle Potter that led to Potter being unfriended on Facebook.  Full Story

Candidates tell The Tomahawk what they bring to the table

Date: 2014-07-02
This past Friday night hopeful candidates and officials wanting to retain their positions for another term gathered at the Dry Run Fire Department to speak to their constituents. The Tomahawk posed a question to each candidate that wanted to take the opportunity to respond. The following are their responses.  Full Story

Community Theatre brings 'Blithe Spirit" to life on stage

Date: 2014-06-25
By: Lacy Hilliard   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-06-25
Sugar Grove Baptist Vacation Bible School  Full Story

Dewey Elementary School is a relic of Johnson County's past

Date: 2014-06-25
I enjoy looking back into the past, especially when the past applies to my own life and times. As I’ve said before in this column, one of my main aims is to spread Johnson County history. I think a study of my columns since I began writing This ‘N’ That twelve years ago will show I have done that. I’ve written about Tennessee, Johnson County and Mountain City including when these entities were created and some of the interesting things about each of them. Moreover, many folks I meet and talk with say they enjoy my columns about life as it was when they were young. I have tried to write columns with that theme as well.   Full Story

Paula Walter remembers Tony Barry

Date: 2014-06-25
When we moved to Johnson County over seven years ago, my husband and I didn’t know a soul. Like many who call this beautiful county home, I had lived in the same county my entire life, but in the hectic suburbs of Washington, DC. I was at a loss in those early days and would often head back up Route 81 for more familiar stomping grounds. It wasn’t until I began to write for The Tomahawk and immerse myself in the community that I began to have a sense that I was indeed home.  Full Story

Longhorns put to the test in recent basketball camp

Date: 2014-06-25
The JCHS boys’ basketball team finished up their summer camp circuit this week after a successful JV Camp hosted by Gate City High School and a larger varsity camp at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. In both events the Longhorns were put to the test against some very talented teams and even though there were plenty of tough defeats there were a few real bright spots as well.   Full Story

Summer League ends with two days of doubleheaders

Date: 2014-06-25
The Longhorns wrapped up their short summer baseball season with a four game tournament hosted by Sullivan North High School in Kingsport. Playing two evening double headers, Johnson County came out Tuesday night against the Sullivan North Raiders followed by a huge game against the Sullivan Central Cougars. Coming back Thursday, the Longhorns met a little known opponent in the Eastside High Spartans from Coeburn, Virginia and then finished up with a huge win against Cloudland.   Full Story

Many long-time school personnel retiring

Date: 2014-06-25
By Teresa Cunningham  Full Story

Driving while distracted by electronics can be fatal

Date: 2014-06-25
By Paula Walter  Full Story

New equipment now allows county to print specialized maps of area

Date: 2014-06-25
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Hollaway says only $68,000 owed in court costs; $3 million never accurate

Date: 2014-06-25
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-06-18
First Christian Preschool to hold registration  Full Story

Don Kerley hired as new JCHS head football coach

Date: 2014-06-18
Big changes are coming to Longhorn football this season. After 16 years as head coach Mike Atwood officially resigned last week setting in motion a mad dash to find a capable replacement. Thankfully fate seemed to be on Johnson County’s side as less than a week from the position’s posting school administrators had found a qualified candidate with a strong connection to the program.   Full Story

Basketball camp gives experience

Date: 2014-06-18
It was the varsity team’s turn last week when Johnson County’s boys basketball program took part in the annual team camp hosted by the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC). Making the long drive and spending two nights away from home, the Longhorns played in eight games total against some of the biggest and best talent in all of East Tennessee. Although the majority ended in losses, most were very strong match ups and Johnson County even managed a monumental win over Clinton High School from Anderson County.   Full Story

Horns, Pioneers split double-header

Date: 2014-06-18
The JCHS baseball team traveled to Jonesborough for an evening double header against the David Crockett Pioneers last Thursday and managed to pull out split results with a huge upset win in game one followed by a tough loss in game two. Although it was a summer ball matchup, the Pioneers are always very competitive, making the Longhorn’s’success a big deal especially for the players that don’t get to see a lot of action during the regular season.  Full Story

Johnson County residents have chance to meet the candidates

Date: 2014-06-18
By David Walter  Full Story

Wallace, Kilby arrested on meth charges

Date: 2014-06-18
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at 420 Industrial Drive, Mountain City, TN on June 16th in reference to the manufacture of methamphetamine. Karrie Kilby, 34, and Bobby Joe Wallace, 42, both of the residence, were arrested as a result of the search. Both subjects are charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony possession of a Schedule II Drug. This investigation is ongoing and further charges may be pending.  Full Story

Mike Atwood resigns as JCHS football coach

Date: 2014-06-18
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Jewell Hamm’s 31-year adult education career changed lives

Date: 2014-06-18
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Appalachian Heritage School

Date: 2014-06-11
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-06-11
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Boards associated with Doe Mountain continue discuss best use of facilities

Date: 2014-06-11
With the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority (DMRA) falling under the state’s claims commission after July 1st, the DMRA board of directors welcomed the next major user group to the mountain at this month’s meeting in Johnson City. Although the board’s private insurance would only allow hiking and OHV initially, mountain biking enthusiasts have been very busy over the past year and are now eagerly preparing for their first real debut. Anthony Duncan with SORBA Tri-Cities, one of the larger mountain biking associations in the area, was present at the meeting and indicated that trail building is already well underway.   Full Story

Backbone Rock is a local source of natural and manmade wonders

Date: 2014-06-11
One of my fondest memories from when I was a child growing up in Johnson County is when my father, mother, brother and I traveled to Backbone Rock Recreational Area for a picnic. As I remember, after we ate hamburgers, hotdogs, and potato chips and drank plenty of Pepsi or Royal Crown (RC) Cola, I would head out to do a little exploring. Beaverdam Creek runs through the area and it was quite an attraction for youngsters as they would wade in the creek or do some trout fishing. It wouldn’t be long before some of my cousins who had come to the cookout and I would venture atop the rock and wind up walking across its top that as I remember was narrow in at least one place. The rock and adjacent creek affords picnicking, fishing, hiking, rock climbing or if so desired just taking it easy. Rustic shelters are available.   Full Story

Horns lose to Warriors in summer ball competition

Date: 2014-06-11
As they continued to try new tactics last Wednesday on the road in Happy Valley, the JCHS baseball team was faced with a lot of ups and downs in their game against the Warriors. Coming out strong in the first inning with 2-1 lead, a series of defensive missed cues and a lack of successful hitting against an unfamiliar left handed pitcher saw the game finish up in a real slump. Regardless, the Longhorn coaching staff did note a few bright points through the day especially from the team’s incoming freshman class.   Full Story

Local racing team gains win at Elk Creek Dragway

Date: 2014-06-11
During the week of April 25th–27th, Elk Creek Dragway held the first annual Invitational Bracket Nationals. This was a high dollar drag race paying $2,500 on Friday and Saturday then finishing up with a 4,000 to win race on Sunday.  Full Story

JCHS basketball team gains experience in summer camp

Date: 2014-06-11
The Johnson County High School Boys Basketball team took part in the first of a series of summer camps this year, playing last week at King University in Bristol. Facing a varied mixture of six local teams, the Longhorns did very well for themselves, winning five and losing the sixth by just a couple points. Led by Coaches David Arnold and Trent Snyder, this early camp focused more on the younger Junior Varsity players but also incorporated many of the incoming freshmen, which have been the topic of much anticipation for the past two years.   Full Story

Chamber of Commerce honors local citizens and businesses

Date: 2014-06-11
The annual Johnson County Chamber of Commerce dinner was held this past Friday at RedTail Mountain Resort. The well-attended event began with a general welcome and recognition of all military veterans. The invocation was given by Pastor Ron Drake. Guests enjoyed a scrumptious dinner that included delicious glazed pork loins and creamed chicken, lightly cooked carrots, homemade mashed potatoes, and handmade rolls. The dessert was a wonderfully smooth chocolate mousse.   Full Story

Alma Hackney is 18-year survivor of breast cancer

Date: 2014-06-11
By: Marlana Ward  Full Story

Library's summer reading program starts next week

Date: 2014-06-11
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

TBI launches investigations into county road department

Date: 2014-06-11
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) public information officer, Josh DeVine, recently confirmed the agency opened an investigation into charges that Johnson County Highway Department employees and equipment were utilized for work on private property. “We received a request from District Attorney General Tony Clark on June 5, 2014 to investigate allegations that work was performed on private properties by the Johnson County Highway Department employees and equipment,” Devine said. “The investigation is ongoing.”  Full Story

Farmer's Market proposes open-air pavilion in park

Date: 2014-06-11
Mountain City’s leaders were faced with some big decisions last Tuesday night that could result in a variety of noticeable developments both within the city limits and without. The first big discussion came when Robert Back, a representative of the Johnson County Farmers Market, brought a proposal before the board that could see the establishment of a permanent home for the growing organization.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-06-04
Cobbs Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Butler Museum and Stout's General Store offer a good experience

Date: 2014-06-04
My Visit Saturday to the Butler Museum and Stout’s General Store Was an Interesting Experience   Full Story

Horns start summer season with a close loss to Patriots

Date: 2014-06-04
The regular season may be over, but summer ball is just getting started for the JCHS baseball program. Last week the Longhorns went on the road to Bluff City to take on the Sullivan East Patriots. The game was a battle between the pitching staff, with Nicholas Whitener taking the mound first for the Longhorns. Rolling through the first three innings without even so much as a third base drive, Whitener handled the Patriot offense well but was backed up by a surprisingly strong showing from some of Johnson County’s incoming freshmen.   Full Story

Darocha takes home gold

Date: 2014-06-04
The Super Regional Championship was held in Fort Pierce, Florida on May 17, 2014, with over 400 competitors. Team Kurokawa had 42 competitors from three of their dojos and brought home more than 62 medals!   Full Story

Track team rewarded for season's efforts

Date: 2014-06-04
The JCHS track and field team celebrated another successful season last week at their annual banquet hosted in the county Crewette building. Following a meal of tacos, nachos, and baked potatoes, Coach Penny Gentry led the way with this year’s awards ceremony.   Full Story

There was only one Dr. Maya Angelou

Date: 2014-06-04
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Busy week for fund raisers in county

Date: 2014-06-04
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Channie Herman launches trucking career and benefits St. Jude’s Hospital in the process

Date: 2014-06-04
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

Property owners at top of Doe Mountain sue county

Date: 2014-06-04
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

A family's story of cancer survival

Date: 2014-06-04
By Marlana Ward  Full Story

Stalcup writes her life story from Old Butler until now

Date: 2014-05-28
For a very rural area of East Tennessee, Johnson County is home to a surprising number of remarkable individuals, especially in the field of education, yet few have lived quite as colorful a life as Edna Stalcup. Now approaching her 84th birthday, Stalcup is a life long resident of the county who dedicated the majority of her working career to the education and betterment of thousands of students lives over the course of more than four decades of service.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-05-28
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Opening of Butler Museum to take place soon

Date: 2014-05-28
If you haven’t taken the time or made the effort to visit the Butler Museum, you’re really missing something. I personally make it a priority to check it out as often as I can. And each time I visit it, I find something new to me — not necessarily because something has been added to the outstanding collection of historical items concerning Old Butler, but because I just hadn’t noticed it before. Of course, Items are added as they become available. The museum is a memorial to Old Butler, the town that was inundated by the waters of Watauga Lake when Watauga Dam was built in the ‘40s.   Full Story

JCHS girls and boys basketball hold successful camp

Date: 2014-05-28
Both the girls and boys high school basketball programs wrapped up another successful summer camp last week with well over 60 participants in all. Campers ranged from incoming freshmen all the way down to Kindergarten and first graders. Coach Austin Atwood worked with the boys in the high school gym while Coach Todd Whittemore worked simultaneously with the girls at the middle school and both seemed impressed with the talent turning out this summer.   Full Story

Near drowning accident leaves three-year-old with numerous medical issues

Date: 2014-05-28
By: Angie Gambill  Full Story

Paying tribute to our fallen heroes

Date: 2014-05-28
By: Marlana Ward  Full Story

JCCF honors retired teachers by giving scholarships in their names

Date: 2014-05-28
The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) recently held a dinner to honor Carol Stout, Barbara Henson, Patsy Cullop, Betty Brown and Russell Love, five retiring educators from Johnson County’s schools. The organization, an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was created in 2001 to strengthen communities and to improve the quality of life for people living in Johnson County. They operate on grants that help provide funding for programs such as educational and community outreach activities. JCCF is the recipient of charitable donations, many that are anonymous but they also sponsor fundraisers such as the yearly golf tournament and the local talent show to raise monies.  Full Story

Young county thespians benefit from Barter Theatre's summer workshop

Date: 2014-05-28
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

The white blaze leads thousands to Damascus

Date: 2014-05-21
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-05-21
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Swift discovers the unsung heroes of the Old West

Date: 2014-05-21
As a child much of my interest was focused on western heroes. I enjoyed comic books and radio programs and movies featuring famous themes of that genre. Of course Television was yet to come along. The stars that were most prominent in that day were Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, William Boyd of Hopalong Cassidy fame, Lash LaRue and Whip Wilson. Those were only a few of many western characters that graced the movie screens, comic books and radio programs in that day.   Full Story

JCHS baseball team awards outstanding members

Date: 2014-05-21
The JCHS Baseball program wrapped up their season in style last Tuesday night at their annual banquet hosted in the high school commons area. Family, friends, coaching staff, and players were all on hand in what turned out to be a very positive reflection of the team’s successes this year. Refreshments were served and long time supporter Missy Newman revealed a special slideshow presentation compiled from the hundreds of photos taken throughout the season.   Full Story

Longhorns' JV team has slow start but picks up steam

Date: 2014-05-21
With the varsity team losing a huge group of talented senior players last season, it was no secret that this year JCHS baseball would be rebuilding their program. Many of the youngest players like freshman Nicholas Whitener were forced to step up to the plate and take an important role from day one. For that reason, this year more than any the Junior Varsity team has been essential to the overall success of Johnson County’s program. With 21 games to their credit, it was also one of the longest and most intense JV seasons in the high school’s history, and as head JV Coach Nicholas Perkins pointed out the team performed very well in the long run.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns lose to Patriots in third and final game of tourney

Date: 2014-05-21
The Lady Longhorns finished up their softball season against a notoriously familiar foe. After losing to Sullivan East in close games all year long, Johnson County once again found themselves just a few runs shy of a win in the first round of the district tournament. After bouncing back with a huge win over Sullivan North in the second game it was down to a final all or nothing match against the Lady Patriots in the third and final game.   Full Story

Rosado does well in track sectionals

Date: 2014-05-21
Out of the six athletes qualified to move on and compete in the A-AA Region 1 Track and Field Sectionals, only Andy Rosado actually made it to Knoxville last Thursday to give it his best in the men’s triple jump. Rosado was supposed to be joined by fellow junior J.R. Speed until a recurring knee issue ended a season’s worth of hard work.  “I was disappointed that J.R. wasn’t able to go and participate after he had worked so hard this season,” said Coach Penny Gentry.  “It came down to this and he couldn’t go.”   Full Story

Many candidates attend legislative breakfast

Date: 2014-05-21
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Career center relocates to downtown Mtn. City

Date: 2014-05-21
By David Walter  Full Story

School Board changes venue to meet state disability laws

Date: 2014-05-21
By Teresa Cunningham  Full Story

Tony Jennings resigns, statute says duties fall to Jim Moody

Date: 2014-05-21
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

JCHS Class of 2014 meets the world

Date: 2014-05-21
The Johnson County High School Class of 2014 graduates Saturday morning amid tears and celebration. The Tomahawk will publish its annual graduation special section next week, May 28, complete with pictures and articles.  Full Story

Gene Pierce sings the praises of Cancer Treatment Centers

Date: 2014-05-21
Local resident Gene Pierce is known in Johnson County as a charming country craftsman with a smile as big as his heart.  His creations adorn many homes throughout the area and his friendship is treasured by those lucky enough to know him.  Lately though, Gene’s handiwork has been missing from local open-air markets because of his battle with cancer.  Full Story

Community follows the yellow brick to Heritage Hall for an amazing performance

Date: 2014-05-14
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-05-14
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Calvin Coolidge was the calm during the Roaring Twenties

Date: 2014-05-14
One of the things I enjoy is looking back through United States history and seeking information about our presidents. Each of our past presidents had their own sets of values, characteristics and abilities. One U. S. president that seems to me to be often overlooked by historians is our 29th president, Calvin Coolidge,   Full Story

Pitching leads the way to Horns' win against Warriors

Date: 2014-05-14
After fighting through a narrow loss against Elizabethton the night before, the Johnson County Longhorns found themselves struggling to stay alive in the second round of the district tournament. Facing the Happy Valley Warriors on a beautiful Sunday evening at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport, spirits were high and attitudes positive as Johnson County took the field.   Full Story

JCMS baseball wins conference

Date: 2014-05-14
JCMS Baseball  Full Story

Rested Cyclones end season for a tired team of Longhorns

Date: 2014-05-14
With a win over Happy Valley behind them, the Longhorns waited patiently at J. Fred Johnson Stadium for the Elizabethton Cyclones to arrive and play the second game of the day. Just the night before the Longhorns had given Elizabethton a close fight to the finish, leading most of the way before a couple of final hits changed the outcome. Yet, as energetic as that match up was, Johnson County’s next meeting with the Cyclones had very different results.   Full Story

Speed and Rosado move onto sectionals next week

Date: 2014-05-14
When the season draws to a close for Track and Field it becomes a process of elimination. Only the top competitors with the best times or distances move on. Yet despite facing some of the biggest and toughest schools in the region Johnson County has still had the privilege of sending some of their own on to the higher levels of the sport. Most recently the Longhorns were able to claim 11 competitors at the A-AA Subsectionals hosted in Greeneville.   Full Story

Doe Mountain needs your vote

Date: 2014-05-14
BELL Helmets, is giving away $100,000 to build three dream trail projects on the west coast, east coast and the central region of the United States. Doe Mountain Recreation area in Johnson County is planning mountain biking, among other activities on hundreds of acres and was one of 70 applicants for this project. It is currently in third place with 1,394 votes.   Full Story

Doe Mtn. Board refines its user fee regulations

Date: 2014-05-14
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Rep. Timothy Hill holds town hall event in Mtn. City

Date: 2014-05-14
By David Walter  Full Story

Park usage scheduling and water utility are top topics at city council

Date: 2014-05-14
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Presidential Academic Excellence Awards presented to top students

Date: 2014-05-14
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Talent Show showcases impressive local youth

Date: 2014-05-07
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-05-07
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Eaton, Vance charged with felonies including auto theft

Date: 2014-05-07
Isaac Eaton, 22 years old from Shady Valley, Tennessee, along with Donald Derrick Vance, 21 years old of Creston, North Carolina were arrested on Saturday, May 2, 2014 on Doctor Taylor Lane after an incident that began at Village Apartments in Mountain City.  Full Story

Zack Wills plans to work in medical field to help others deal with illness

Date: 2014-05-07
By: Marlana Ward  Full Story

Johnson County's Laurel Creeek Trail to officially open soon

Date: 2014-05-07
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

FFA reognizes students at annual awards banquet

Date: 2014-05-07
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

A 1939 newspaper clipping provides insight to local history

Date: 2014-05-07
It had been many years since they had seen each other but my wife Mary talked recently with Janice Reid one of her classmates. Mrs. Reid gave her a quarter page clipping of a 1939 newspaper titled the Johnson County News and asked if I might use it in one of my columns. Although the clipping was small, I found it to be quite interesting. On one page, there was an ad from the Johnson County Trustee, Mr. W. S. Wilson. In the ad was a notice to the taxpayer to pay their taxes for 1937 and 1938 to avoid paying penalty and interest. A large part of the ad was devoted to a list of districts, locations, dates and times the citizens could pay their taxes. Twenty-two locations were listed including the courthouse that was listed twice. Nineteen stores were listed as tax paying locations. One residence was listed. At the bottom of the advertisement were the words “This will be our last call for these taxes.” I believe Mr. E. E. Barry was editor of the Jonson County News in 1939. If that is wrong, perhaps someone can advise me.   Full Story

JCHS loses final conference game

Date: 2014-05-07
With the clock ticking down to the district tournament, Johnson County took on their last conference opponent on the road Monday night against the Elizabethton Cyclones. Although the game was still a loss, there was a notable improvement from the two teams first clash earlier in the season. The key difference came from the Longhorn defense that managed to hold Elizabethton to just five runs, two of which came at the bottom of the sixth.   Full Story

Horns win last home games of the season

Date: 2014-05-07
Spirits were high and the weather was perfect as the JCHS baseball team celebrated a very special senior night matchup as the final home game of the season. As they have done for several years, the Cloudland Highlanders were very accommodating in coming to Mountain City to take part in a phenomenal double header that saw Johnson County dominate the field from start to finish.   Full Story

Errors cost Horns first game of tourney

Date: 2014-05-07
The Longhorns played one of their best games this season under the bright lights of Dobyns-Bennett High School’s J. Fred Johnson Stadium last Friday night. Taking on the Elizabethton Cyclones in their first round of the District 1-AA tournament, Johnson County put up a tremendous offensive fight that saw them take the lead by the fifth inning. A couple of extraordinarily critical errors in the bottom of the sixth gave the Cyclones just enough leeway to not only take back control of the game but also to put up the couple of necessary runs to claim a victory.   Full Story

A win was not in the cards for the Horns against the Patriots

Date: 2014-05-07
Having lost in matching 2-1 conference defeats against the Sullivan East Lady Patriots, Johnson County’s softball team came into their first round of the District Tournament last Thursday at Sullivan North High School hoping for some retribution. Yet, while the game proved to be another nail biter full of potential upsets luck just didn’t seem to be in the cards for the Lady Longhorns. The first half of the game proved to be a testament to close calls.  Full Story

Girls gain tourney experience before championship

Date: 2014-05-07
Utilizing their last weekend of play before the start of the district Championship, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns traveled to Greeneville to take part in the annual Tiny Day Tournament. Working through four games of pool play and one round in the actual tournament, Johnson County’s girls got the chance to not only see some new talent but also to prove how far they have come in the past few weeks. The fun kicked off Friday with back-to-back games against North Greene and Grainger County.   Full Story

Huge 15-4 victory for JCHS over Sullivan North Ladies

Date: 2014-05-07
The Lady Longhorns had a serious case of split personality when they met the Sullivan North Lady Raiders in the second round of district championship Friday. The whole first half of the game was a battle to stay alive, culminating in a huge breakout from North that tied the game at four in the fifth inning.  Full Story

Track sees eleven advance to sub-sectionals

Date: 2014-05-07
A torrential downpour and the threat of even worse weather couldn’t hold the Longhorns back at last week’s Three Rivers Conference Track meet hosted at Sullivan North High School in Kingsport. Eleven competitors in all managed to bring in qualifying times and distances to move on to sub-sectionals in Greenville, including several impressive top 10 finishes.   Full Story

Tennis team is hit and miss in tourney

Date: 2014-05-07
Johnson County wrapped up another successful season of tennis last week, giving a very solid performance at the Division I AA Conference Tournament hosted at Milligan College in Elizabethton. It was a day filled with ups and downs as several members of the Longhorn’s team managed impressive first round wins only to find themselves being narrowly defeated in the second round. It takes both wins to move on to the districts in Greeneville and with the conference now growing to nine teams the competition was very fierce.   Full Story

Spring happenings in Butler

Date: 2014-04-30
With the recent annual Easter egg hunt and a very special open house for the Butler Museum this past weekend, Babe Curtis Park in Butler has been a very busy place lately.  Highlighting the efforts of several of the community’s long standing organizations, both events were a resounding success that saw hundreds of local residents and visitors come out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-04-30
First Christian Church Preschool registration  Full Story

A look through a 1909 Sears and Roebuck catalog inspires research

Date: 2014-04-30
Some may think I’m too preoccupied with the past, but I just like to imagine how folks lived in years gone by. I know my own past and how it was to grow up in the ‘40s, ’50s, and ‘60s in Johnson County, Tennessee and I’ve written quite a bit about those times.   Full Story

Last year's meth busts receive stiff federal prison sentences

Date: 2014-04-30
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Eight people charged with felonies, most drug related

Date: 2014-04-30
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department made several arrests this past week on both April 24, 2014 and April 25, 2014. All arrested had been charged with felonies that ranged from the manufacture of methamphetamines to other miscellaneous charges. The following names and charges are listed:  Full Story

Johnson County Farmers Market to open next week

Date: 2014-04-30
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Pontoon boat with pump uses lake water to fight fires

Date: 2014-04-30
By: Marlana Ward  Full Story

Creeper Trail inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame

Date: 2014-04-30
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is very pleased to announce that the Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is to be inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.  Full Story

Longhorns starts week with two devastating losses

Date: 2014-04-30
Last week started out rough for Johnson County after taking on two of the biggest names in the conference. Facing the Elizabethton Cyclones at home Monday only to be followed up by a Tuesday by an even worse game against Unicoi, the Longhorns suffered two devastating losses that showcased just how far they have to go in the short time before the district tournament. Not helping matters was the notable absence of several key starters to injuries and illness in the game against the Blue Devils.   Full Story

Trio of big wins finishes Horns' week on positive note

Date: 2014-04-30
Following a couple of devastating losses at the hands of the Unicoi County Blue Devils and the Elizabethton Cyclones, Johnson County’s baseball team bounced back in a big way in a trio of late week wins. The turnaround began with a huge upset over a very talented Fellowship of Christian Athletes Travel team, the FCA Flames. Made up of players from all over the Tricities region, the Longhorns didn’t really know what to expect but the final outcome was very positive never the less.   Full Story

Longhorn softball wins 6-3 over North's Lady Raiders

Date: 2014-04-30
Following a difficult couple of rounds on the road the Lady Longhorns were back at home in action against the Lady Raiders from Sullivan North last Thursday. A much more even-handed game, Johnson County was looking forward to being back on the winning side of the equation. That said, North put up a very solid fight and took advantage of a couple key players who had to leave midway through the game.   Full Story

Blade Hampton signs to play baseball for Berea

Date: 2014-04-30
JCHS senior Blade Hampton recently finalized what could be one of the most important decisions at this time in his life, choosing to play baseball for Berea College in Kentucky. Surrounded by family, friends, and coaches, Hampton made the choice official last week in the high school media center. Having played Longhorn baseball all four years, with numerous accomplishments along the way including a state district tournament run in 2012 and a very successful run as varsity catcher in 2013, it was not surprising that Hampton would sign on the collegiate level. What was intriguing was the motivation behind the choice, with Hampton citing not only the athletic but also the strong academic value associated with the school.   Full Story

Tennis team rises to the occasion in spite of injuries

Date: 2014-04-30
When Johnson County left for Elizabethton in their first official conference tennis match missing two of their major players on the boys’ team and still feeling the sting of losing Dawn Lewis to an injury on the girls’ side, few would have guessed that the day would actually carry many positive outcomes. Yet, despite coming up short on an already limited roster, the Longhorns rose to the occasion and in several cases gave the Cyclones a memorable run.   Full Story

Mercy Rule ends Unicoi game with 14-0 score

Date: 2014-04-30
The Lady Longhorns were handed one of their worst losses this season when they traveled to Erwin last Monday to take on the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils. There was a seemingly huge imbalance in luck as Unicoi drastically came out of a recent offensive slump while Johnson County found themselves in serious trouble at bat. With numerous pop ups, short grounders, and a few critical strikeouts, the Lady Longhorns simply could not find the gaps they needed in Unicoi’s defense. In all, Johnson County had just one hit on the night, a single from Michala Cretsinger to help start off the second inning.   Full Story

Horns track team does well in Tri-Cities Classic meet

Date: 2014-04-30
The competition was ramped up even higher in Johnson County’s second official track meet this year, participating in the annual Tri-Cities Classic at Science Hill in Johnson City. Facing some of the best talent not only in their own conference but also across the entire region, the Longhorns still performed amicably against schools like Science Hill, Dobyns-Bennet, Daniel Boone, and Morristown.   Full Story

A Gorgeous Day

Date: 2014-04-23
Thank you Lord for this gorgeous day  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-04-23
Revival at Central Baptist  Full Story

East Tennessee was against secession in Civil War

Date: 2014-04-23
Spanish-born philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And while nobody living today experienced first hand the horrors of the American Civil War and in reality remember it, we can from time to time look back to it through various books and other writings that were written from persons who lived during that unfortunate era and remember it vicariously through them.  Full Story

J.R. Speed takes first in 100-meter dash

Date: 2014-04-23
After weeks of training and practice, the Johnson County High School track team took part in their first meet of the season. Traveling to Patrick Henry High School in Glade Springs Virginia, the Longhorns were just one of several regional teams to attend the annual Judy Thomas Invitational. Facing an extremely talented pool of competition in all events, Johnson County’s athletes did surprisingly well in several fields, taking home numerous top 20 finishes as well as one major first place position.   Full Story

Sullivan East wins over Lady Horns twice in one week

Date: 2014-04-23
It is surprising to see two conference match-ups against the same team all in the same week but that’s exactly what the Lady Longhorns faced against Sullivan East, making the trip to Bluff City Monday and then playing again at home on Thursday. Even more uncanny was the fact that in both games it came down to the exact same score, a very slim 1-2 loss against Johnson County.   Full Story

Warriors' pitcher strikes out 14 Lady Longhorns

Date: 2014-04-23
Happy Valley is proving to be one of the more talented softball teams in the conference this year. After a difficult loss on the road against the Lady Warriors earlier in the year, Johnson County’s girls were faced with the same type of challenge again at home. A talented pitcher and consistent hitting proved to be the Lady Longhorns’ undoing as they faced 14 strikeouts on the offensive end and multiple runners on base in every inning but the sixth.   Full Story

Good Friday win for JCHS JV baseball over David Crockett

Date: 2014-04-23
After a very rough 0-6 start to the season the Johnson County High School Junior Varsity baseball team has really been picking up steam, traveling on Good Friday to David Crockett high school in a huge double header that left the Longhorns walking away with what was very nearly a shutout in the first game and a narrow loss in the second.   Full Story

Horns face narrow last inning loss to Sullivan North Raiders

Date: 2014-04-23
The Longhorns faced a troubling last inning loss Wednesday on the road against the Sullivan North Golden Raiders. Managing to hold the lead all the way down to the bottom of the seventh, all it took was one final missed cue on a bunt to give North the one run they needed to pull ahead and make up for their earlier defeat at Johnson County.   Full Story

Horns suffer big loss to Sullivan East

Date: 2014-04-23
Facing one of the best pitchers in the conference it was no shock when the Longhorns found themselves in offensive trouble on the road against East last Monday. Bringing in only four hits and no runs against the Patriot’s B.J. Murray, there was very little Johnson County could do to offset East’s success. Murray had 12 strikeouts in all, cleaning up the first inning singlehandedly and making it very difficult the rest of the game. In fact, Johnson County never actually made it farther than second base the whole game, and most of those on walks.   Full Story

Seven Johnson Countians arrested in huge state and federal meth roundup

Date: 2014-04-23
Law enforcement from Johnson County recently participated in an endeavor that encompassed both state and federal representatives in an eight agency law enforcement roundup of both dealers and producers of methamphetamine known was Operation Salt Vegas. There is no significance to the name of the operation chosen by federal agents. The investigation centered on two separate methamphetamine organizations in both southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. Thirty-two arrests were made, including seven from Johnson County.  Full Story

Meet the new Director of Schools, Mischelle Simcox

Date: 2014-04-23
By: Marlana Ward  Full Story

Winery to hold fundraiser for Fisher House

Date: 2014-04-23
Watauga Lake Winery will be holding a fundraiser for the Fisher House Foundation on Saturday, May 24. The event will include arts and craft vendors, music and a silent auction, with the chance to bid and win two tickets to the Wayne Henderson concert to be held on July 5th. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and all the trimmings. The event is open to all and there is no admission fee. Proceeds from food sales, the silent auction and a 50/50 raffle will be donated to the Fisher House Foundation.  Full Story

Discussion of three possible road closures dominates lengthy commissioners meeting

Date: 2014-04-23
The county commission faced three lengthy debates concerning county roads, all of which dealt specifically with issues of closure. Bound over from the County Planning Commission meeting earlier in the week, the first group to speak was made up of concerned residents living on or near Triplett Road adjacent to Red Tail Mountain Golf Course. Led by Red Tail owner Lyle Habermehl and attorney Tyler Moffatt, the majority of property owners along Triplett Road have become interested in the security of the area after repeated instances of theft, vandalism, and trespassing.   Full Story

A lifetime of questions answered when Gene Hicks meets his brother and sisters for the first time

Date: 2014-04-16
In June of 1965, Thomas Eugene Hicks, who goes by Gene, was serving in the military when he received orders for an assignment in another country.  Despite all of his government clearances, he was in need of a passport. Although he had the birth certificates of his wife and three children, he didn’t have one for himself. All his parents could produce was a certificate of birth from the hospital. What started out as a simple request to obtain a record of his birth turned into a mystery that took more than 40 years to solve.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-04-16
Roan Creek Baptist needs medical equipment  Full Story

Old Butler newspaper is interesting to read

Date: 2014-04-16
Over the years I have received a number of old newspapers from various sources. Occasionally it is kind of fun to open up one of those old newspapers and let it be a lens through which we can view a chunk of time in the area where these papers were published. Newspapers record history. Some folks read old newspapers just for entertainment while others glean a bit of history from those printed pages. Old advertisements and how prices have changed over time is always interesting to me.   Full Story

Old timers had a name for all these weather changes

Date: 2014-04-16
By: Virginia Manuel  Full Story

Unicoi wins over JC 9-3

Date: 2014-04-16
Johnson County’s girls played against Unicoi for the first time this season last Tuesday night at home and the results were at best mixed. Contact on the ball was sporadic overall, with only four hits in all added to a couple of walks. Two of those were amazing home run drives by pitcher Cindi Eddington and a third was a double by Jayme Jennings. Despite those advances there were just as many strikeouts, and more disturbing for the Lady Longhorn coaching staff, several standing strikeouts.  Full Story

Horns beat Rebels 5-1

Date: 2014-04-16
The Lady Longhorns took on the Sullivan South Lady Rebels for the second time this year playing in Kingsport last Thursday evening. Having soundly beaten the Lady Rebels at home, Johnson County was looking for another easy victory. However this time around South was much tougher on the defense making it a far closer battle than it had been before.   Full Story

Girls face tough competition in Kingsport tournament

Date: 2014-04-16
Every season the Lady Longhorn softball team plays in a series of tournaments outside of their normal conference bouts. Most recently the team traveled to Kingsport to take part in one of the biggest regional tournaments hosted by the Eastman Chemical Company. Having held out through an altered schedule thanks to several spring showers, the girls played in four tough match ups against some of the best talent in East Tennessee. Only one of the teams was local, a kick off match against the Lady Trailblazers from Daniel Boone. As head Coach Dana Smith pointed out that initial showing didn’t turn out as well as hoped.   Full Story

Longhorns no match for Rebels

Date: 2014-04-16
Although the Longhorns have been steadily improving throughout the year they were still no match for the speed and experience of the visiting Sullivan South Rebels at home last Thursday. That said, Johnson County did do a little better this time around compared to their earlier 18-1 blowout against the same team. The Rebels did lead off with some solid hitting but many of the runs they made, especially early were simply because of errors made in Johnson County’s fielding.   Full Story

Horns upset Cougars for the win

Date: 2014-04-16
It was a real nail biter Tuesday night in Johnson County as the Longhorn baseball team played their closest game this year. Considering that the Sullivan Central Cougars are a much bigger and higher ranked team, an upset was big deal and even more so considering the Longhorns led the game from the very first inning.   Full Story

Rebels win every match with Horns

Date: 2014-04-16
Like many other programs, the Johnson County tennis team was not looking forward to their first official match against the Sullivan South Rebels. Knowing very little about the actual team, fans were expecting the worst and were justified in their concerns. Dominating their home court in Kingsport, the Rebels took the win in every single match up, claiming victories in singles and doubles for both the girls and boys teams.   Full Story

From the archives

Date: 2014-04-16
Editor’s note: The following article was printed in The Tomahawk on January 19, 1954, and that was a reprint from an even earlier article that was published on June 25, 1892. Apparently, when in 1954 The Tomahawk reprinted an article from 1892 about a subscription drive that awarded a lucky young woman by the name of Kate Crosswhite a gold watch, the man that had married her contacted The Tomahawk to tell them that she was still very much alive and still had in her possession the gold watch from 1892. We found it very interesting and thought our readers would as well. What would prove even more interesting would be if a descendant might still be one of our readers and contacted us today in 2014. Hmmmm ... the makings of a really good story!  Full Story

Abused boy grows up to be an accomplished novelist

Date: 2014-04-16
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Jim Crowder named Athletic Director of Year

Date: 2014-04-16
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Simcox named Director of Schools

Date: 2014-04-16
By Teresa Cunningham  Full Story

Play Ball!

Date: 2014-04-16
One could not have asked for a more perfect spring day than Saturday as hundreds of Little League players and fans crowded into Cunningham Park in Mountain City for opening day ceremonies. After player and team introductions, everyone was treated to one inning of pre-season play from every team represented. Be sure to see The Tomahawk’s Little League special section coming up in two weeks on April 30th.  Full Story

A Tomahawk guide to preparing for spring

Date: 2014-04-09
Bathroom renovations are second to kitchen renovations on the list of the top remodeling projects to increase home value. The popularity of bathroom renovations and their ability to transform a space has left many homeowners wondering if there are any easy and affordable ways to change the look of their bathrooms.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-04-09
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

The road not taken could turn out to be the best road

Date: 2014-04-09
The famous poet Robert Frost penned a number of poems, many of them inspired perhaps by the New England landscape where he spent the latter portion of his life. While I enjoy poetry, I seldom have (or take) time to read it. But I do remember from high school my time spent in Literature Class and I committed a few verses of poetry to memory. And I still remember them. After all, it has only been a few years since freshman literature at Johnson County High School.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns lose to Elizabethton 5-4 in extra innings

Date: 2014-04-09
The Lady Longhorns faced a true battle to the finish Thursday against the Lady Cyclones. In a surprisingly strong showing Johnson County led the majority of the game, only for Elizabethton to finally get the last few runs they needed to send the game into extra innings. Yet even then the long running grudge match wasn’t over, becoming a battle of the defenses that lasted all the way down to a fateful last run in the bottom of the 10th. Although it was ultimately Elizabethton that came out on top 5-4, Coach Dana Smith was still very pleased with her team’s tenacity and ability to keep fighting.   Full Story

JCHS dominates in varsity and JV wins over Sullivan North

Date: 2014-04-09
The Lady Longhorns rolled into Kingsport and dominated the field in two back-to-back wins over both the Varsity and JV Lady Raiders of Sullivan North. Even though the evening was decidedly in Johnson County’s favor, that didn’t mean that it was an easy battle. In fact, as Head Coach Dana Smith pointed out, the varsity game in particular was an uphill climb from the first inning.  Full Story

JCHS wins in comeback against Warriors

Date: 2014-04-09
Things weren’t looking too bright starting off last Tuesday’s JCHS home baseball game against the vesting Happy Valley Warriors. Strikeouts and pop ups had kept the Longhorns from making much progress offensively through the majority of the game, and as a result Johnson County was trailing 4-1 by the bottom of the sixth. Yet, baseball is a game where a single inning can change the course of the whole evening and it did just that as Nick Whitener came up to bat.   Full Story

Longhorns suffer huge loss at the hands of the Blue Devils

Date: 2014-04-09
The Longhorns faced one of the most talented teams in the conference when they came up against the Unicoi County Blue Devils last Monday in Erwin, so it was no surprise when the much younger and inexperienced team from Johnson County found it difficult to hold their own. Most troubling was the fact that even when Unicoi deviated from their typical stable of players like pitcher Austin Green, the new faces in the lineup were actually more difficult to deal with.   Full Story

Grant to aid in smoking cessation, prevention

Date: 2014-04-09
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

JCHS girls and boys lose in recent tennis matches

Date: 2014-04-09
Changes to this year’s conference lineup have made an already difficult group of competitors even more challenging for Johnson County’s tennis program, as new faces from Greene and Sullivan Counties have been added to the Longhorn’s schedule. Most recently Johnson County hosted an extremely tough match at home against the Rebels from South Greene, a team that went on to claim the win against both the boys and the more experienced girl’s rosters.   Full Story

Goose Creek Trail will follow Hwy. 421

Date: 2014-04-09
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Doe Mountain passes have generated over $25,000 in fees

Date: 2014-04-09
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

RedTail Mountain in top ten retirement destinations

Date: 2014-04-09
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Body of elderly lady found in lake last week

Date: 2014-04-09
The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) identified the body of a woman who was found in Watauga Lake last Monday, March 31st, 2014 as 81-year-old Juanita G. Ramsey of Chuckey, Tennessee.  Full Story

The science of turning unwanted items into cash

Date: 2014-04-02
By: Marlana Ward   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-04-02
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Full-time newspaper work was an interesting way to make a living

Date: 2014-04-02
As most folks who read this column know, I was a full time employee of The Tomahawk newspaper for over 30 years. Retirement came the last Friday of June in 2003.   Full Story

Girls put up fight but lose to Warriors

Date: 2014-04-02
Johnson County put up a good fight when the Lady Longhorns softball team went on the road to tackle the Happy Valley Lady Warriors for the first time this season. A combination of costly errors and high tenacity on the part of Happy Valley ended up costing the win, but it was still a game with plenty of excitement.   Full Story

Horns play strong in win over Unaka

Date: 2014-04-02
The Lady Longhorns were back on the upside of things at home last Thursday against Unaka. The Lady Rangers faced Johnson County on one of their best offensive games so far and fans were treated to two homeruns, including one huge grand slam in the second from Jayme Jennings. A homer from Cindi Eddington came later in the fourth, also giving her an RBI on Kourtney Tolley.   Full Story

Anything that could go wrong did for Lady Horns in game with Bucs

Date: 2014-04-02
It was another tough day on the road as the Lady Longhorns faced off against the University High Lady Bucs in Johnson City last week. Johnson County led off on a good start with Cindi Eddington eventually reaching second after taking base on a walk. Yet, with a strikeout and two catches in the outfield, the Lady Longhorns failed to make anything out of their initial at bat. The second inning didn’t go any better, and it was ultimately the third before Michala Cretsinger became Johnson County’s first and only run of the game.   Full Story

Seizures reduced by 90 percent after nine month diet

Date: 2014-04-02
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Community Theatre will perform ‘Harvey’ this month

Date: 2014-04-02
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Green Dot Card scam active again

Date: 2014-04-02
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise the public of a scam that is once again circulating through the community. There are subjects that are calling random victims to notify them of various scenarios. Some victims are told they have won something but need to send money up front in order to secure the winnings. Some victims are advised they are qualified for a loan but they also need to send money to secure the loan. Some victims are receiving calls that a family member needs money sent for various reasons. Victims are being directed to purchase “Green Dot Cards” in order to help a family member or secure said winnings or loans. Green Dot Cards are available at local stores such as Rite Aid and work like a debit card. After buying the cards, they are instructed to call back and give the numbers off the back of the card. The scammer then collects the money, but there are no winnings, loan or family member in need of money.   Full Story

Dog rescue is a constant necessity

Date: 2014-04-02
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Kody Norris continues on his musical journey

Date: 2014-03-26
Then....  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-03-26
Roan Creek Baptist needs medical equipment  Full Story

Every valley in Johnson County offers something unique

Date: 2014-03-26
One of the main things I like about Johnson County, Tennessee; the county of my birth and living; is the friendliness and helpfulness of its citizens. I have had numerous people give me helpful advice and suggestions concerning this column. I sincerely appreciate my readers and hope to have provided some food for thought along the way.  Full Story

Balk by opposing pitcher brings in winning run for Longhorns

Date: 2014-03-26
When the JCHS Baseball team took on the Mitchell County Mountaineers at home on Thursday March 20th, no one expected the wildly exciting upset that was about to play out before them. Starting off extremely strong in the first inning with five runs and three hits, Johnson County took an early lead but watched as their control of the game slowly dwindled through the sixth inning.   Full Story

Young players gain experience in win over Cloudland Highlanders

Date: 2014-03-26
The Longhorns finished up their week on fire against the Cloudland Highlanders. Winning their second game at home, Johnson County dominated on the offense with just about every batter in the lineup putting the ball in play at some point.  Big hits included a double from Adam Worley in the bottom of the second and two more doubles from Blade Hampton and Sam Thomas in the third. In fact Thomas’s hit was so deep into the outfield that it almost became a home run. Coupled with errors by the Highlander defense, the Longhorns took the lead with after their very first at bat.   Full Story

Eddington leads the way to 11-1 victory

Date: 2014-03-26
The Lady Longhorns Softball team eventually kicked it into high gear Tuesday evening against the visiting Lady Rebels from Sullivan South. Starting off a little slow, it took one huge hit from pitcher Cindi Eddington late in the fifth inning to finally get the team going, ultimately racking up two home runs and an amazing 7-1 conference win.   Full Story

Girls hold their own in weekend tournament

Date: 2014-03-26
Johnson County’s girls continue to gain experience on the road, traveling this time to a weekend softball tournament in Dayton, Tennessee where they played in a series of four official timed games against some very talented teams. As expected, the matchups were far from perfect, but even against the really solid teams like Coalfield High School or Polk County, the Lady Longhorns still held their own, coming in no more than three runs away from a win.   Full Story

Livorski brothers excel in their lifelong passion of freestyle skiing

Date: 2014-03-26
Johnson County is home to some talented athletes involved in a variety of sports. Yet beyond the old standbys of football, baseball, softball, and basketball, few people realize there are other, much more specialized competitors living right here in the area as well. For Daniel Livorsi, a freshman at Johnson County High School, and his brother Bradley, a sixth grader at Roan Creek, freestyle skiing has been a lifelong passion and one that both have shown an increasing ability to excel in.   Full Story

JCHS tennis team shows significant improvement in Unicoi match

Date: 2014-03-26
The more matches they get under their belts, the better the JCHS tennis team has been doing, a fact that was readily apparent as the Longhorns took on the Unicoi County Blue Devils at home Thursday. The day actually started off badly with most of the singles matches falling decidedly in Unicoi’s favor. However, as the evening wore on and the Longhorns began pairing up for doubles, the outcomes became much less predictable.   Full Story

Selection process for next school director is in motion

Date: 2014-03-26
By Teresa Cunningham  Full Story

Prescribed burn in Sullivan County is source of smoke here last Friday evening

Date: 2014-03-26
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Doe Mountain property owners want $300,000 bond returned

Date: 2014-03-26
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Many believe organically grown foods solve health issues

Date: 2014-03-26
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

The day of reckoning for income taxes is near

Date: 2014-03-19
By: Marlana Ward  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-03-19
First Baptist Church Preschool registration  Full Story

Important updates on upcoming August 7th election

Date: 2014-03-19
There are several significant dates leading up to the August 7, 2014 Johnson County General Election and State Primary as well as the November 4 State and Federal General Election that include the following:  Full Story

Remembering tidings of Spring from days gone by

Date: 2014-03-19
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Country music entertainers sometimes dabbled in politics

Date: 2014-03-19
During my growing up years I was exposed to a lot of what was called Country Music or Hillbilly Music. We had several phonograph records of that genre and of course after my father bought our first radio, there was more of that kind of music to enjoy. We tuned in to WCKY Cincinnati, Ohio; WSM Nashville, Tennessee; WOWO Fort Wayne, Indiana; WLS Chicago, Illinois; WBT Charlotte, North Carolina; WOR New York, WWVA Wheeling, West Virginia; KDKA Pittsburg; and more. Incidentally, KDKA was the first commercial station to go on the air. Most if not all of them were outlets for Country Music and with high wattage those stations reached into the vast urban areas of America.   Full Story

Longhorns' handed huge losses in opening week's games

Date: 2014-03-19
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JCHS improves performance but still loses 3-7 on the road

Date: 2014-03-19
Following two near shutouts earlier in the week, the Longhorns were able to bounce back slightly on the road against Sullivan East last Friday. Senior Sam Thomas had an extremely strong performance pitching for more than four innings before turning it over to fellow senior Jake Sutherland. Coupled with some solid fielding Johnson County held East to just one run through the first three innings and was eagerly hoping for their first conference win of the season.   Full Story

Limited practice time for tennis team makes for slow start

Date: 2014-03-19
Tennis in Johnson County hit the ground running last week, taking two back-to-back matches on the road against Sullivan East and North Greene. With only three official practices under their belts, it was a rough start but still had some big surprises, especially from the girls’ freshman class.   Full Story

Lady Horns shut out by Cyclones in opening game

Date: 2014-03-19
The Lady Longhorns officially opened the season with a tough one, playing the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones at home but still facing a lot of first game jitters and costly mistakes. Having held on defensively for the first two innings, it only took one critical error to throw off the whole game.   Full Story

School Board venue must provide adequate handicapped access

Date: 2014-03-19
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Southeastern US pays slightly more for electricity

Date: 2014-03-19
By: Paula Walter  Full Story

DMRA disappointed that new law is not helpful to county or city

Date: 2014-03-19
The members of the board for the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority (DMRA) finally got some answers last Tuesday concerning the controversial new Adventure Tourism legislation that the state has been tweaking over the past couple of years. Intended to provide tax incentives to qualifying businesses located in a designated Adventure Tourism District, the law has been touted as a game changer in local economic development. However, the board discovered that in reality the law would likely have very little if any positive impact on either Mountain City or Johnson County.   Full Story

Melinda Heck follows God's leadings to the Olypmics

Date: 2014-03-12
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-03-12
Dyson Grove Baptist Church   Full Story

The railroad once ruled in Mountain City

Date: 2014-03-12
I have written in this column previously about the railroads and trains in Johnson County and Mountain City, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to mention it again. There are still folks around who were residences of Johnson County when rail service was an important part of the transportation choices county and city folks had. Too, perhaps there are folks who are newcomers to this area who might be interested in some history of the county in which they have chosen to live. I was born here in 1938, only two years before a cloud burst washed sections of tracks out from Mountain City to Elizabethton. That spelled doom for the line due to replacement of the tracks being deemed too expensive to replace.   Full Story

A Sunday afternoon spent baking with Grandma

Date: 2014-03-12
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Scrimmage against Cloudland nets 13-0 win for Horns

Date: 2014-03-12
The Longhorns made another good preseason effort last Friday as they went a full seven innings against the Cloudland Highlanders in Roan Mountain. Despite bone chilling weather Johnson County still made great contact on the ball and worked solidly on the defense to prevent Cloudland from making a single run in spite of several good hits. The game largely ended on a dry note, with the last three innings seeing very little action from either side, but Johnson County had already put in more than enough runners to walk away with a win 13-0.   Full Story

Softball team wins one out of four in pre-season game

Date: 2014-03-12
The Lady Longhorns wrapped up their pre-season preparations in a big way this past weekend, traveling to the annual Pigeon Forge Play Day to take on some big regional names as well as one familiar foe. Competing in four separate timed match-ups, Johnson County struck out three times in a row, but finished up on a very strong note with a one to nothing win over the Pigeon Forge Lady Tigers.   Full Story

City Council hears request for indoor firing range

Date: 2014-03-12
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Campbell, Carden arrested on meth charges

Date: 2014-03-12
On February 19th, 2014, drug investigators were contacted by Johnson County E 911 about a possible abandoned methamphetamine lab along the side of the road on Sink Valley Road. Investigators identified the dumpsite as having items that are used for a methamphetamine lab. While investigating the scene, there were also some items found that could possibly identify the subjects that had abandoned the methamphetamine lab.  Full Story

‘Taste of the Mountains’ raises $22,000 for neo-natal incubator for hospital

Date: 2014-03-12
By Paula Walter  Full Story

TCAT considering an extension campus here

Date: 2014-03-12
Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter, State Rep. Timothy Hill met with Dean Blevins, director of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, on Friday to discuss the possibility of establishing a TCAT extension campus in the Johnson County Industrial Park on State Highway 67.   Full Story

Multiple issues found in Carderview investigation

Date: 2014-03-12
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

State closes Old Forge Creek bridge indefinitely

Date: 2014-03-12
State DOT Bridge inspection officials have advised the Johnson County Highway Department to close the Old Forge Creek Road Bridge just past the Nelson Chapel Baptist Church. This closing is being advised for safety concerns due to the structural damage the bridge has suffered through aging and recent storms and flooding. It is in the Federal BRZ bridge program and will be closed until the program contracts the work out for replacement. The Johnson County Highway Department will not be involved in the construction.   Full Story

Prisoner escapes from NECC

Date: 2014-03-06
The Tennessee Department of Correction is currently searching for Joshua M. Baber, a minimum-custody inmate who absconded from the Northeast Correctional Complex-Annex in Mountain City, TN. Baber was noticed missing from an outside work detail this afternoon. Baber had approximately seven years remaining on a sentence stemming from convictions of burglary, kidnapping and theft of property. The Tennessee Department of Correction is working with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on the search for Baber. The department urges anyone with information regarding Baber’s whereabouts to call 1-844-TDC-FIND (1-844-832-3463).   Full Story

Rescued horses are heroes in the lives of those in need

Date: 2014-03-05
There are times in your life when you meet someone and you can literally see the goodness in their hearts. Just a few minutes with Dawn Emerson, and you can immediately understand not only her calling to rescue abused horses but also her work with people from all walks of life who need encouragement. Emerson, along with her husband, Seth, owns Rocking 777s Horseback Ministry.    Full Story

Preparation is the key to safety during Spring storms

Date: 2014-03-05
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-03-05
Local churches present  Full Story

Pregnancy Support Center receives $20,000 grant

Date: 2014-03-05
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Kindergarten registration will be held this month

Date: 2014-03-05
Kindergarten Registration is just around the corner and for the 2014-2015 school year, the age restrictions have changes. Below details everything parents need to know about registering for Kindergarten. It’s important to note that even if parents have not met the requirements by registration time, they should still register their kindergarteners.   Full Story

George Washington was a great president

Date: 2014-03-05
It has been interesting to me to research each of our former presidents and try to see their differences in leadership as well as other aspects of their presidency. Of all our former presidents I have read about, one stands out in my mind —President George Washington. Schoolchildren early in their lives remember who became the first president of the United States of America.   Full Story

Sulphured apples prserve a bit of the past

Date: 2014-03-05
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Longhorns lose in second round of regional tourney

Date: 2014-03-05
The spectacular end of the year run finally came to a halt for the Johnson County Longhorns Boys Basketball team last week in a disappointing second round loss in the regional tournament at Hal Hennard Elementary in Greenville. Taking on the Unicoi County Blue Devils whom they narrowly defeated just a few days before, the predicted outcome of the matchup was highly debatable, and proved to be very close down to a fourth quarter sweep. With chances at a sub-state run on the line, the Blue Devils made their attack hard and fast, giving Johnson County little time to react and get the game back at their preferred pace.   Full Story

JCHS baseball team pulls out slim win in first scrimmage

Date: 2014-03-05
Baseball fans got their first look at the lineup last week when the Longhorns traveled to Hampton for the first full scrimmage of the season. It was a somewhat sloppy start for both teams, with each introducing new faces to the roster, trying out veteran players in entirely new positions, and getting a feel for the game they haven’t played in several months. Naturally there were many mistakes made, ranging from dropped catches to poor choices from the runners. Yet even so, for the first time actually on the field the Longhorns still had a fairly decent game, running neck and neck with the Bulldogs before pulling out a win by one run 8-7.   Full Story

Lots of ups and downs for Lady Horns in opening games

Date: 2014-03-05
The Lady Longhorns were one of more than 20 teams to take part in the eighth annual ASA High School Fast Pitch Friendly this past weekend at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City. Opening with back-to-back JV games against Sullivan Central and University High, Johnson County’s girls also got to test their abilities against bigger schools like Science Hill and conference rivals like Unicoi County on the varsity level.   Full Story

Barter Players a hit with local Heritage Hall audience

Date: 2014-02-26
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-02-26
Roan Creek Baptist Church   Full Story

Dusting off the old record player

Date: 2014-02-26
Handed down to me from my parents were some old 78-rpm records. Most of them were recordings of country or gospel songs with a few orchestra-style offerings as well. Those records were like nothing we see today. About the only thing those records have in common with the 45-rpm records, the 33 1/3-rpm records and the modern CDs (Compact Discs) are that they are round. And they were most certainly unlike the 8-Track or Cassette Tape recordings. Now there are new and improved electronic means of listening to music.   Full Story

Sometimes, things are better left alone

Date: 2014-02-26
My mother used to tell me that some things are best left alone.  That didn’t always settle well with me as I was as inquisitive and curious as a child as I am now that I am an adult.  A recent discovery while digging into my family ancestry has left me wishing I had heeded my mother’s advice.  Full Story

Nathaniel Graybeal signs with Bryan College

Date: 2014-02-26
Senior Nathaniel Graybeal is the latest Longhorn to join the long line of Johnson County athletes to move on and apply their talents at the next level. Following both his passion for golf and more importantly his strong sense of faith, Graybeal narrowed the field down to Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. He immediately struck up a friendship with Head Coach Peter Bollant.  Full Story

Horns defeat Unicoi in second round of District Tourney

Date: 2014-02-26
Maybe it was the familiar maroon colors adorning the walls and bleachers or simply a fantastic first round win against Sullivan East, but whatever the reason Happy Valley’s Bayless Gymnasium was the next best thing to home for the Johnson County Longhorns last week. Facing the number one seeded Unicoi County Blue Devils, there was naturally some apprehension as the Longhorns came into the second round of the Division I AA Basketball Tournament, but as the night wore on and things went slowly but steadily in Johnson County’s favor, fans were soon on their feet cheering their team on to what could be seen as one of their biggest wins this decade.   Full Story

Horns defeat Claiborne County in first round of regionals

Date: 2014-02-26
Even with extra bleachers on the stage and around the entrances there still wasn’t an empty seat in the house Saturday night as the Longhorns moved into the first round of the I-AA regional tournament. Reigning in as district champions Johnson County held the number one seed, pitting them against Division I’s number four seed, the Claiborne County Bulldogs. Although Johnson County was the favored pick to win the game, the Bulldogs proved that they were a force to be reckoned with, giving Johnson County a tight race throughout the first half.   Full Story

King and queen crowned for Valentine’s Day Ball

Date: 2014-02-26
By Paula Walter  Full Story

County discusses matching funds for state road grants

Date: 2014-02-26
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Roberts, Malone arrested on meth charges

Date: 2014-02-26
Johnson County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at 426 Furnace Creek Road in Mountain City on February 19, 2014 that led to the arrest of 42-year-old Michelle Renee Roberts and 48-year-old Ronnie Harrison Malone of the residence.   Full Story

Winter Jam fund-raiser puts United Way at goal

Date: 2014-02-26
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Updated list of candidates running in upcoming election

Date: 2014-02-26
As of press time, 25 individuals have picked up the required paperwork and have been qualified to run for elected office in Johnson County. A total of 58 people have picked up their paperwork. The qualifying deadline for this year’s election is April 3, 2014 at noon.  Full Story

Longhorns defeat Elizabethton for District Championship

Date: 2014-02-26
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Before you say "I Do"

Date: 2014-02-19
According to a study from XO Group Inc., creator of wedding websites TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, 350,000 destination weddings take place annually. Such figures reflect a growing trend of couples who want to tailor their weddings to their own personalities, even if that means tying the knot in exotic or unusual locales.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-02-19
Hale Community Ministries  Full Story

A bit of Johnson County history

Date: 2014-02-19
Mountain City is unique in many ways not the least of which is how it came to be. Carter County once encompassed all of Johnson County with the County Seat located in Elizabethton. Folks living in the Northeast portion of Carter County became more and more dissatisfied due to the hardship they encountered due to the distance and difficulty they were forced to endure to conduct necessary business in Elizabethton.   Full Story

Longhorns beat Sullivan East in close game

Date: 2014-02-19
There was a lot at stake at Happy Valley High School Saturday night as the Johnson County Longhorns took on the Sullivan East Patriots in the first round of the Three Rivers Conference Tournament. Having tasted a bitter defeat at home earlier in the season, the Patriots were out for vengeance and did their very best to end Johnson County’s season in one fell swoop. Yet for the Longhorns it was one of those rare nights where the whole team was working in unison, anticipating and adapting to East’s plays despite being one of their closest games so far.   Full Story

Longhorns wrap up their season with a bang

Date: 2014-02-19
The Johnson County High School boys’ basketball team wrapped up their regular season with a bang, playing an exciting and strangely unique game against the visiting Unaka Rangers. Fittingly, seniors Brian Dempsey, Patrick South, and Dalton Timbs stole the show, each playing a vital role in the Longhorn’s final victory. South in particular had an amazing night, scoring in the double digits with 13 points, six of which came from spectacular back-to-back three pointers. Known more for the strong defensive qualities he brings to the team, Coach Austin Atwood was pleased that South got a little time in the spotlight.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns claim victory at home against Unaka

Date: 2014-02-19
After slugging their way through devastating losses, multiple injuries, changes in roster, and disappointing shortfalls, the Lady Longhorns finally had a shining moment of true victory in the last full home game against the Unaka Lady Rangers. No easy matchup, the game was a head to head race to the finish, but this time Johnson County’s grim determination paid off with a final successful drive in the fourth quarter that provided just enough leeway to outlast the clock.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns suffer loss to Sullivan South at tournament

Date: 2014-02-19
After fighting through insurmountable odds this season, the Lady Longhorns finally wrapped up their final basketball game this year, battling through a tough Three Rivers Conference I-AA Quarterfinal matchup against the Sullivan South Lady Rebels. Being the fourth time that Johnson County has faced South this year after two regular season games and a Johnson City Honda Christmas Tournament blowout, the Lady Longhorns knew what to expect but held their heads high and kept playing down to the final buzzer.   Full Story

Commissioners urged to address animal control issue in county

Date: 2014-02-19
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Church resigns from Carderview

Date: 2014-02-19
Carderview Utility District is under new management as the previous manager, Sharon Church, resigned on February 5th. The water district’s 470 customers have recently experienced problems that ranged from having no water at all to the issuance of a boil alert. Merry Murdoch has stepped in as a temporary office manager.  Full Story

Icenhour must repay $23 to Little League, given year's probation

Date: 2014-02-19
On March 28, 2012, the Johnson County’s Sheriff’s Department arrested Jennifer Icenhour on an indictment presented to the Johnson County Grand Jury.  Icenhour had been the treasurer of the Johnson County Little League during both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.  The Johnson County Little League board of directors went to the Johnson County District Attorney office requesting an investigation regarding missing monies.  The complaint was then forward to the Sheriff’s Department for further investigation.  Full Story

School Board sets JCHS graduation for May 17th

Date: 2014-02-19
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Joe Herman gvies $25,000 in raffle earnings to community

Date: 2014-02-19
Mountain City’s Joe Herman was the lucky $25,000 winner of Mountain States Foundation’s Spirit Gala Raffle, and then he promptly went about giving it all away.  Full Story

Maymead icon B.K. Mount dies at 81

Date: 2014-02-12
B.K. ‘Bud’ Mount passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014. He was born on January 2, 1933 in Mountain City, Tennessee, the son of the late Wiley Brown Mount and the late Mary Hamilton Vaught Mount. He attended Johnson County High School and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Bud attended the University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State University before joining the family business.  Full Story

First draft of Doe Mountain plan revealed

Date: 2014-02-12
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Backbone Rock graffiti gone, vandals still sought

Date: 2014-02-12
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Goose Creek Trail leads City Council discussion

Date: 2014-02-12
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Parents and educators concerned about Common Core

Date: 2014-02-12
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Wintergreen

Date: 2014-02-12
Last week’s front page weather photo was entitled “Winter Blues,” so we thought it only fitting that these tender but courageous promises of spring should be called “Wintergreen.” The new year hit with a vengeance early in January and has brought repeated cold temperatures and snow to the area and many high country residents are longing for warmer weather and sunshine. It is interesting to note that these green shoots pushing their way through the dried leaves of winter are being watered by a melting icicle. With more snow in the forecast, chances are that this glimpse of green has already been covered by a blanket of white by midweek’s publication.  Full Story

Curing the winter blues by planning your spring garden

Date: 2014-02-12
For many folks living in the high country, the cold and snowy days of winter are bringing on symptoms of cabin fever. Dreams of sipping hot cocoa, soaking in the warmth of the blazing fireplace and watching feathery white flakes blanket the surrounding countryside have faded away. No longer does the scene through the window have the dreamy glow of a winter wonderland. Reality has set in, and the frozen landscape is stark and bare and void of life. Skies hanging heavy and gray make one long for the sunshine and fresh air of spring.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-02-12
Hale Ministries needs medical equipment  Full Story

The Bean Festival was an anticipated time-honored Mountain City tradition

Date: 2014-02-12
As I have mentioned before in this column, coming to town was an exciting time for me when I was a youngster. At that time Mountain City was to me what a large city is now. The stores and businesses that were popular then always drew me inside them. A western movie, a visit to one of the three drug stores for an ice cream cone and meeting with friends and family were all things to do while in town.   Full Story

Remembering the days of Hatley Holler

Date: 2014-02-12
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Horns suffer loss at hands of Sullivan South

Date: 2014-02-12
Just one night out from their extremely tough loss to the Elizabethton Cyclones, it was as if Johnson County fans were forced to watch the same game again at Sullivan South. A fantastic showing on the defense from the Rebels helped shut down the Longhorn’s key shooters and with Johnson County already playing Saturday night’s game with less than usual enthusiasm, the ingredients were all in place for a second consecutive conference loss.   Full Story

Sullivan South crushes Lady Horns

Date: 2014-02-12
Having just come off a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Lady Cyclones, Johnson County’s girls’ basketball team was anything but ready to take on the equally tough Sullivan South Lady Rebels. Making things worse, the game was a rescheduled road match up held on a Saturday night following a tough JV tournament where 99 percent of the team had already played. Altogether the circumstances added up to be one of the most troubling losses in a season already chock full of low points.   Full Story

JCHS girls put up memorable fight in loss to Unicoi

Date: 2014-02-12
As has been the case time and again, the odds were decidedly not in the Lady Longhorns favor as they came out at home against the Lady Blue Devils from Unicoi. That said, Johnson County still put up a memorable fight that kept them competitive through the majority of the game. The Lady Longhorns have developed a reputation for battling on even when the cards are down, and as Head Coach Todd Whittemore pointed out, that could be a valuable lesson not just on the court but in the bigger picture as well.   Full Story

Happy Valley defeats Lady Horns 47-36

Date: 2014-02-12
The Lady Longhorns were able to bounce back after their crushing defeat at the hands of the Sullivan South Lady Rebels, giving Happy Valley a real fight Monday night at home. Luck was not on Johnson County’s side, and with a couple of strong players out of the lineup, the already limited depth of the team became a true handicap. Yet even short on players, the final conclusion of the game didn’t happen until the last four minutes of the fourth quarter when Warriors’ Coach Larry Abel directed his team to start holding the ball with a four-point lead.   Full Story

Warriors don't stand a chance against stampeding Longhorn team

Date: 2014-02-12
Following a two game losing streak, the Johnson County Longhorns were back in top form at home against Happy Valley. Finding a decidedly even keel both offensively and defensively, the Warriors never really had a chance. Spread out among shooters like Brian Dempsey, Chase Phillips, and J.R. Speed, the Longhorns dominated the game from the first quarter and even though Happy Valley kept on battling, the versatility of players like sophomore Cody Bailie ensured that the Warriors could never catch up.   Full Story

Longhorns come up short against tough Unicoi team

Date: 2014-02-12
It was a particularly festive night at Johnson County’s most recent home game as the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Club sponsored a series of Red Out events to raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association. Held in and around the boys’ game against the visiting Unicoi County Blue Devils, the normally maroon and white student section became covered in Red Heart Association t-shirts, which HOSA students were selling. Even the JCHS cheerleaders got involved not only wearing the same gear but also holding special events before the game and during halftime.   Full Story

Local student overcomes weight and bullying issues

Date: 2014-02-05
Throughout much of Caleb Reece’s life, he has been the victim of bullying. Overweight for the majority of his years, Reece decided to make a positive change in his life as he prepared to enter high school. Since the end of the school year in May, 2013 when he completed middle school, his weight has dropped approximately 105 pounds. Once wearing size 46 jeans, Caleb now purchases 30-inch waist pants.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-02-05
Hale Community Ministries  Full Story

Swift recounts a lifetome worth of United States presidents

Date: 2014-02-05
As I was reflecting on my life and times recently, I thought about the number of U.S. presidents that have served during my sojourn on this orb called earth. After counting backwards from the present President Barack Obama to Franklin D. Roosevelt, I found that I’ve lived with 13 presidents at the helm since I was born in 1938. I was born during Roosevelt’s second term. He was elected four times. After that Congress limited the number of times a person could be elected to two terms. One important event during his administration was the Social Security Act and I’m confident most folks believe it was a good law. It was during his watch that Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan. Subsequently, the United States declared War on Japan. Declarations of War soon followed against Germany and Italy. Roosevelt was first elected in 1932. He died of a stroke while in office in 1945.   Full Story

Mama's healing came at last

Date: 2014-02-05
Putting pen to paper and thoughts into words can be painful at times. This is one of those times for me. Those that know me are aware that our family lost our mother, grandmother and unfailing friend recently. Mama took a bad and ultimately fatal fall on New Year’s Day, breaking nine ribs. Although excruciatingly painful for anyone at any age, rehabilitation usually brings eventual recovery to younger bodies. The emergency room doctors gave us ample warning that such an injury is devastating to the elderly, and although my head heard their words, my heart refused to process their meaning. Mama had fought many foes in her lifetime and won, and looking back almost a month later, I know now that I believed she could beat this enemy, too.  Full Story

Rematch with Hampton puts Horns on top by three

Date: 2014-02-05
In what was one of the most exciting games region wide, the Johnson County Longhorns took on their rivals, the Hampton Bulldogs, in a spectacularly close victory even though the Bulldogs have proven themselves time and again one of the most talented teams in East Tennessee this season. Having soundly beaten Johnson County earlier in the year, the upset was a milestone that will undoubtedly add to the legacy of this team.  Full Story

Bad night for Longhorns results in loss to Cyclones

Date: 2014-02-05
With the combination of beating the Hampton Bulldogs at home just a few days before and knowing that they had already come within two points of defeating Elizabethton on the road earlier in the year, optimism for last week’s homecoming game against the Cyclones was fairly high. Yet, as with any sport even the best team can have a bad night, and unfortunately for the Longhorns, Elizabethton proved to be one of the toughest games they’ve played so far.   Full Story

Lady Horns stay in the game to the end but lose to Dogs

Date: 2014-02-05
Although it wasn’t a win, the Lady Longhorns played what is possibly their most successful and certainly most exciting game of the season last Monday night against the Hampton Lady Bulldogs. Having faced horrible defeats against Hampton twice already this year, fans came into the game with subdued expectations despite the home court advantage. However, as the game moved into its first quarter and the Lady Longhorns not only began competing but also surpassing their opponents, interest steadily built all the way down to the final minute of the fourth quarter when it was still anyone’s game.   Full Story

Cyclones leave Lady Horns in their dustin, winning 66-33

Date: 2014-02-05
Even a homecoming match up couldn’t save the Lady Longhorns as they met the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones for the second time this year. Despite playing much harder and more determinedly than on the road, the intense athleticism of the Lady Cyclones prevailed again, with Coach Len Dugger resorting to the ultra talented Marosites twins as the brunt of his force. Even so, Jonson County still put up a resounding fight and made their best efforts to force Elizabethton to earn their victory.   Full Story

Be sure to vote in our Reader's Choice

Date: 2014-02-05
Where can you find the best cup of coffee in town? What shop always has that perfect gift for your best friend’s birthday? Who makes your nails the envy of the girls at the office?   Full Story

Butler's water problems are improving

Date: 2014-02-05
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Mountain City Food Food Lion celebrates regrand opening with customer contests

Date: 2014-02-05
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Graffiti on Backbone Rock more than ugly, it is illegal

Date: 2014-02-05
Vandals left their mark on scenic Backbone Rock over the weekend. Four names are scrawled in hot pink and neon green paint. The names read Katie, Zach, Jacob, and what appears to be Seren. The Tomahawk is currently investigating this act of vandalism and will have the full story in next week’s edition.   Full Story

A lot of knowledge can be gained from ‘old-timers’

Date: 2014-01-29
By Virginia Manuel  Full Story

Thoughts about winter in the county

Date: 2014-01-29
By Jack Swift  Full Story

Longhorns put up impressive fight against Elizabethton

Date: 2014-01-29
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Longhorns pull off exciting win over Sullivan North

Date: 2014-01-29
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Lady Longhorns take down Sullivan North Lady Golden Raiders

Date: 2014-01-29
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Top ranked Elizabethton soundly beats JCHS girls

Date: 2014-01-29
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Olen uses martial arts to benefit local education

Date: 2014-01-29
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Johnson County Election Commission launches new website

Date: 2014-01-29
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Road Department will need little of any of loan

Date: 2014-01-29
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Glovers arrested on meth charges

Date: 2014-01-29
According to Sheriff Mike Reece, two people have been arrested after officers discovered methamphetamine manufacturing components at a residence off of Shoun Mission Lane. Reece reported that his officers have charged Jason E. Glover, 32 of Shoun Mission Lane with possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling for sale of schedule II, initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine, resisting stop, frisk, halt, arrest, search, and evading arrest/fleeing to avoid arrest. His bond has been set at $91,500.  Full Story

Another winter storm

Date: 2014-01-29
Yet another winter storm hit the area on Saturday with frigid temperatures and blinding snow. December’s weather made thoughts of a mild winter look promising, but January and a new year arrived with a vengeance, playing havoc with schedules, roads and schools.  Full Story

Walking with a member of the Johnson County Rescue Squad

Date: 2014-01-29
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Thespian Troupe road trip leads to dramatics

Date: 2014-01-22
By, Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Concerned citizens seek answers in Carderview Utility crisis

Date: 2014-01-22
The combination of freezing pipes and a total lack of communication created a crisis for the Carderview Utility District in Butler last week. After noticing water pressure dropping throughout the day Friday, most of the nearly 500 customers on the system were left without any water at all Saturday. With numerous small leaks playing havoc, Carderview office manager Sharon Church made the executive decision to shut down the pumps in an effort to prevent potential damage. However, with no formal notification, even to the members of the Carderview Utility Board, rumors were quickly flying and tempers rising by Monday night’s quarterly business meeting.   Full Story

Johnson County Veterans Service Center available to assist those in need

Date: 2014-01-22
There are at least 1,800 veterans from all branches of the service living in Johnson County. Over the years, the Johnson County Veterans Service Office, the America Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars have been pursuing the possibility that a medical clinic for veterans could be located in the county. In order to have a chance on accomplishing this goal, they need assistance from Johnson Countians.   Full Story

Johnson County Library asks "What do you geek?"

Date: 2014-01-22
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

911 Director Jerry Jordan seeks to mend road consistancies without causing further address changes

Date: 2014-01-22
Thursday night’s Johnson County Commission meeting opened on a somber note of reflection for County Attorney, Bill Cockett, who was at that very moment in the hospital going through heart surgery. Cockett was major part of Vice-Chairman John Brookshire’s opening prayer and was also the subject of many well wishes for a speedy recovery from other members of the county government including Mayor Larry Potter.   Full Story

Swift writes more on the amazing Model T Ford

Date: 2014-01-22
In my column last week I mentioned that the development of the Model T Ford automobile among other events was very important as labor saving devices. There were, of course, automobiles on the market before Henry Ford’s contribution to the industry but those machines were out of reach financially for most folks.   Full Story

Johnson County eighth graders pull off impressive win at conference

Date: 2014-01-22
By: Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Horns defeat Sullivan East

Date: 2014-01-22
It was a special night for the Longhorns at Sullivan East. Not only did the game mark the 30th year of Coach John Dyer’s career, both at Johnson County where he began and at East where he has spent the majority of that time, but it was also a great opportunity for numerous alumni and veterans of both programs to see how far their respective teams have come. Having played a real nail biter earlier in the season at Mountain City, fans were expecting a tough match up once again, but with every player in the Johnson County lineup doing his part for the team, the game went surprisingly in favor of the Longhorns.   Full Story

Longhorns beat Cloudland in overtime nail-biter

Date: 2014-01-22
For the third time this season Johnson County’s boys basketball team pulled out a win over the Cloudland Highlanders, but this time it was just by the skin of their teeth. Having played a somewhat sloppy first half on both sides, the match up became a neck and neck race to keep the lead, ultimately coming down to an extremely tense last second draw that sent the game into overtime. Even then, a clear winner couldn’t be determined until the very last play of the extra four minutes, when Junior Chase Phillips took charge and managed to save the day with a final buzzer buster that left Johnson County the victory by a single point. “With the way we won, we could have quit 20 times,” admitted Head Coach Austin Atwood. “Our guys could have seen how Brian Dempsey wasn’t having the best game in the world and could have quit, but even he didn’t quit. He came back and made us two huge plays. That’s about the second or third game we’ve had like that, and we’ve gotten beat once like that when South got us in that close one. But, besides South, we’ve won two or three really close games and that says a lot about this team.”  Full Story

Lady Longhorns concede defeat to Sullivan East

Date: 2014-01-22
The Lady Longhorns have had a string of tough battles over the past few weeks, most of the time holding on as long as they could even considering the relative youth of the team and the loss of several key players. After holding out through loss after loss the dam finally broke last week against the Sullivan East Lady Patriots. Facing a team that could rain down three pointers, with three times as many players in their lineup, and factoring in that Johnson County’s sole senior leader, Brooke Brown, was facing a painful back injury that limited her shooting, it was no shock that the game went against the Lady Longhorns from the very beginning.   Full Story

Lady Horns put up tough fight against Cloudland

Date: 2014-01-22
Lady Horns put up tough fight against Cloudland   Full Story

Nathan Winters tells his inspiring tale of sportsmanship and surviving cancer

Date: 2014-01-15
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-01-15
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Labor saving devices have changed the lives of many

Date: 2014-01-15
I was thinking recently about all the labor saving devices that have come along in the past 100 years. How did folks do without the many inventions that have been introduced to the public over the years?   Full Story

Blue Devils wreck havoc on Horns

Date: 2014-01-15
There’s just no two ways about it, Johnson County’s boys’ basketball team had an off night last week against the Unicoi County Blue Devils in Erwin. Acknowledging that the Blue Devils are one of the best teams in the conference, the Longhorns still had a lot of trouble finding their pace and getting back into the intensity that has marked their season thus far. Much of the problem might have been in the considerable time lapse since their last bout, considering the postponement of their Elizabethton game earlier in the week on top of the time off since the Arby’s Classic in Bristol.   Full Story

Girls' energy not enough for the win

Date: 2014-01-15
 It’s no secret that the Johnson County Lady Longhorn basketball team has had its share of bad luck lately. After a relatively disappointing showing at two consecutive Christmas tournaments, the already understaffed team lost two more starters, leaving just eight in the entire lineup. The first game after a considerable break in playing time was against a tough group of Unicoi Lady Blue Devils on their own turf in Erwin. Yet, while the game went down officially as another loss on the record, Johnson County’s tenacity and determination even in the face of insurmountable odds, really shone through Friday night in what became one of their most exciting and entertaining games of the season thus far.   Full Story

Rep. Hill holds Town Hall Meeting in Johnson County

Date: 2014-01-15
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

City election date moving to coincide with general election

Date: 2014-01-15
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Director of Schools Morris Woodring announces retirement

Date: 2014-01-15
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Judge says Potters/Curd trial will remain in Washington County

Date: 2014-01-15
By David Walter  Full Story

Coach Love retires after 39 years of service

Date: 2014-01-08
By: Veronica Burnison  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2014-01-08
Bethany Baptist Church to hold hunters and gathers supper  Full Story

Johnson County History book available at the Welcome Center

Date: 2014-01-08
I’ve never lived anywhere but good old Johnson County, Tennessee except for two years in the military. There are a number of Johnson Counties in the United States and I wrote about them several months ago. I don’t know much about the other Johnson Counties, but having lived my whole life here I’m willing to predict that beautiful though they be, I wouldn’t like any of them as much as here where my roots are. My Swift ancestors came over from London and settled in or near Baltimore, Maryland. From there they moved to the Yadkin River Valley. After about a generation there they came to what was then Ashe County North Carolina. The portion of Ashe County my ancestors settled later became Watauga County North Carolina. From there my great grandfather moved to the headwaters of Doe Creek, now called Swift Hollow, where I was raised.   Full Story

Manuel relives memoires of growing up in the country

Date: 2014-01-08
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Horns edged out by team from the Bahamas

Date: 2014-01-08
A slow start put the Longhorns to battling all the way through their second game of the Arby’s Classic Tournament last week in Bristol. Playing against the Tabernacle Baptist Falcons all the way from the city of Freeport in the Bahamas, Johnson County got another invaluable opportunity to play against a team of a much higher caliber than they were used to in our local region. Even so, the game was a close one all the way down to the last minute, despite a first few minutes where missed shots and a slight injury to Senior Brian Dempsey set the team back.   Full Story

Most county office seats are open for election this year

Date: 2014-01-08
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Creekwood defeats Lady Horns with 75 to 50 score

Date: 2014-01-08
Following their disappointing loss to the Sullivan South Lady Rebels, Johnson County’s girls were back on the court to face an even bigger challenge against the Creekwood Lady Redhawks from Charlotte, Tennessee. A large school just west of Nashville, Creekwood had already played a phenomenal overtime match up against Cloudland’s Lady Highlanders where they came up just one point shy of the win. Having witnessed that game, The Lady Longhorns knew well in advance just how difficult their task would be in pulling off a win, and despite a noticeable improvement in their energy and drive on the court, the Lady Red Hawks proved to be simply too much to handle.   Full Story

Second matchup brings disappointing loss for Lady Horns to Sullivan South

Date: 2014-01-08
Having played a close match up at home earlier in the season, expectations were high for an exciting game between the Sullivan South Lady Rebels and the Johnson County Lady Longhorns at the Johnson City Honda Girls Basketball tournament at Daniel Boone last week. The spirit and fire of Johnson County’s first round against South was notably absent during the second. Although the game got off to a very good start with a basket by Brooke Brown and a three pointer from Kourtney Tolley, the game quickly took a nosedive that lasted all the way down to the final buzzer.   Full Story

Community Foundation invites local nonprofits to apply online for grants

Date: 2014-01-08
Applications for the Johnson County Community Foundation Fund, an Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), are now being accepted. Applications are currently available online at www.easttennesseefoundation.org. Nonprofit organizations with projects or programs benefiting Johnson County residents are encouraged to apply for one-year grant awards.   Full Story

A couple good reads for the chronically snowbound

Date: 2014-01-08
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Flu season has hit with a vengeance

Date: 2014-01-08
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Wallace, Kilby arrested on drug related charges

Date: 2014-01-08
According to a press release from Johnson County’s Sheriff Department, an ongoing investigation led to the arrest of two subjects and a continuing investigation. According to Sheriff Mike Reece, investigators went to the home of Karrie Kilby and Bobby Joe Wallace of Harbin Hill Road in reference to a knock and talk. Upon arriving at the home, investigators found components that led to Kilby and Wallace being charged with aggravated child neglect, initiation of the process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kilby, 34 years old, and Wallace, 41, both of Harbin Hill Road, are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on March 12, 2014. Their bonds were set at $51,500 each  Full Story

Hampton wins over Lady Horns in JC Honda Tourney

Date: 2014-01-08
The Lady Longhorns finished up their Johnson City Honda Tournament Run at Daniel Boone High School facing off against a very familiar local rival, the Hampton Lady Bulldogs. With Monica Olivera out of town for the holidays and Paige Montgomery on the injured list, two of Hampton’s biggest guns were off the court, giving Johnson County a rare opportunity to pull out a win that would have made recent history for the program. Yet, with players like Hannah and Caitlin Irick still in the game and landing multiple three pointers, a Johnson County victory simply didn’t seem to be in the cards.   Full Story

Real Live Dolls captures heart of Appalachia

Date: 2013-12-31
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-12-31
Song Service at First United Methodist   Full Story

Jack Swift wishes his readers a Happy New Year

Date: 2013-12-31
I hope you had a great Christmas. Christmas time is always a busy time for most folks. I hope it wasn’t so busy that Christ was left out of the time set aside to celebrate His birth.  Full Story

Horns lose to bigger Memphis team in Arby's Classic

Date: 2013-12-31
For only the second time in school history the Johnson County Longhorns were invited to take part in the highly anticipated Arby’s Classic at Viking Hall. This season marks the 31st year that Tennessee High has hosted what is now one of the most renowned holiday tournaments in the whole country, bringing in talent from all over the East Coast and even internationally with teams flying in all the way from the Bahamas and Germany. Just taking part was a big deal for Johnson County, but once the action got started it was all about the game.   Full Story

Big win for Lady Horns over Cherokee Lady Chiefs

Date: 2013-12-31
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns were back in business after a short holiday break, rolling into Daniel Boone High School the day after Christmas for a huge win over the Cherokee Lady Chiefs. Despite an early start and a long drive to boot, Johnson County was in solid form, finally taking advantage of their free throw opportunities and playing with a renewed sense of energy.   Full Story

Girls gain valuable experience in Anderson County tourney

Date: 2013-12-31
The Lady Longhorns recently took part in an exciting three game tournament in Anderson County, near Knoxville, Tennessee. While the competition was tough and Johnson County’s success was hit and miss on the court, the trip was still a good opportunity for the team to come together and improve their skills under fire. However, the end results on the scoreboard were mixed to say to say the least. In their first game of the tournament against Oneida, the Lady Longhorns faced a horrible defeat. Things improved somewhat the next day against Cumberland Gap, having led part of the game and coming up just seven points shy of the win, and finally on the last day of the tournament the Lady Longhorns tasted victory over the Oak Dale Lady Eagles.   Full Story

Electric co-op members target of utility scam

Date: 2013-12-31
Tennessee’s electric cooperatives are warning Tennessee residents to be on the alert for a telephone scam targeting utility consumers.  Full Story

Local boy’s decorations light up the neighborhood

Date: 2013-12-31
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Sisters die in Shady Valley car crash

Date: 2013-12-31
On Friday, December 20, 2013, at approximately 10:34 a.m., Peggy Dugger, 70, and Conna Blevins, 87, were both killed in a single-car accident on State Route Highway 133 in Shady Valley. The driver, Dugger, and her passenger who was also her sister, were both wearing their seatbelts. Dugger was found with fatal injuries while Blevins was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center but later died of injuries sustained. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, it appeared the vehicle that was traveling east had left the roadway, struck a bridge, and flipped onto its top. Sheriff Mike Reece says the investigation is still underway.  Full Story

Campbell charged with selling drugs

Date: 2013-12-31
According to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, on December 19, 2013, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office drug investigators, along with the Elizabethton Police Department undercover narcotics officers conducted a buy-bust in Mountain City in an effort to purchase prescription medication that totaled $400 from Laura Kathrine Campbell (Kathy Eller).   Full Story

Johnson County Community Foundation receives $196,000 gift

Date: 2013-12-31
The Board of Directors of the Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF), a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, announced gifts totaling $196,000.00 to benefit the residents of Johnson County. These generous gifts were made by an anonymous donor and will support both the Johnson County Scholarship Fund and the Johnson County Community Foundation Endowment Fund.   Full Story

Minor fire at New River Hardwoods

Date: 2013-12-31
The First District Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 21. The call was made in reference to a large amount of smoke seen billowing out of a building at the New River Hardwoods Lumber Yard. The report didn’t cause immediate alarm, as it is common to get reports about that facility. The dry kiln process New River Hardwoods uses can often product a lot of steam. However, when responders from the 1st District VFD arrived at the scene, there was both smoke and fire present.   Full Story

Patchwork of quilts blazes trail through the mountains

Date: 2013-12-23
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-12-23
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Hilliard discussed the Duck Dynasty "Quacktastrophe"

Date: 2013-12-23
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Horns come back with big 10-point win over Unaka

Date: 2013-12-23
Just one night after a painful one-point loss to the Sullivan South Rebels, Johnson County was back on the court and eager to get on the winning side of things against the Unaka High Rangers. Never an easy victory, the Longhorns had to fight the whole night, but were rewarded by the end of the game with a final 10-point lead.   Full Story

Girls play hard against Rebels in losing effort

Date: 2013-12-23
Sometimes victory is all a matter of perspective, and even though the Lady Longhorns didn’t actually come out ahead on the scoreboard against Sullivan South last Monday, it certainly felt like a win after it was all said and done. After facing more downs than ups this season, even against lower ranking opponents in the conference like Happy Valley, few would have anticipated the heart, dedication, and determination that Johnson County’s team displayed coming out against the Lady Rebels, one of the highest ranked teams. Surprisingly, it wasn’t so much the strong veteran leadership of the team, as it was the younger players like Sophomores Kelsey Duperry, Amanda Potter, and Kourtney Tolley that actually tipped the balance and made the game truly competitive down to the last second.    Full Story

Sullivan South squeaks by with one-point win over JC

Date: 2013-12-23
The Longhorns recent winning streak came to an extremely close end last Monday night against the highly ranked Sullivan South Rebels. Although they played extremely well through the entire first half, a short but effective run midway through the third set the pace for the rest of the game, leading down to a last second shot that made all the difference between victory and defeat.   Full Story

Lady Rangers victorious over JCHS Lady Horns

Date: 2013-12-23
It was another hard knock on the road for the Lady Longhorns Tuesday night as the Unaka Lady Rangers proved to be a more than formidable foe. Having just played a strong game the night before against the Sullivan South Lady Rebels, Johnson County’s optimism seemed high as they rolled into Stony Creek.  What started out well in the first quarter became a steady down hill plunge through the rest of the game.   Full Story

JCMS Student Council raises money for gifts

Date: 2013-12-23
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Rabies vaccine baiting is decreasing spread of disease

Date: 2013-12-23
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

United Way still working toward local goal of $35,000

Date: 2013-12-23
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Chris Pierce voted to fill seat vacated by Stout’s death

Date: 2013-12-23
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Merry Christmas

Date: 2013-12-23
Mrs. Claus provided The Tomahawk with this priceless picture of little Emmett Seth Payne visiting Santa for the first time. Looking completely undaunted by the jolly old elf, Emmett seems perfectly comfortable and at home sitting on his lap.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-12-18
Nelson Chapel Baptist Church  Full Story

Newspaper comics provide a lot of chuckles

Date: 2013-12-18
I am a big fan of the comic pages in newspapers. I know I’m not alone in that respect. I look forward to each issue to peruse the comics and tackle the crossword puzzle. I try to solve the crossword puzzle each day. Most days I’m successful but occasionally I just can’t think of the right word. Then I say, “Oh well, there’ll be another one tomorrow. I’ll solve the one in tomorrow’s paper.”   Full Story

Audience is enchanted with 'The Nutcracker' ballet

Date: 2013-12-18
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Reminiscing about childhood snow day adventures

Date: 2013-12-18
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Lady Horns start strong but lose to Happy Valley 62-46

Date: 2013-12-18
Johnson County’s girls traveled to Happy Valley last Friday in their third conference game of the season. The matchup was a fairly even one with both the Lady Warriors and the Lady Longhorns fighting neck and neck throughout the first half. Both senior Brooke Brown and Sophomore Kelsey Duperry had standout showings, with Brown taking the ball to the net early on and landing a couple of big threes. Duperry also did surprisingly well on the offense in the first half, but really found the most energy on the defense, despite racking up several early fouls.   Full Story

JCHS girls win big over Sullivan North Lady Raiders on Tuesday

Date: 2013-12-18
After a short dry spell of tough losses, the Lady Longhorns were back on top of things Tuesday night, pulling out their first conference win in a big way against the Sullivan North Lady Raiders. From the very first possession on, Johnson County seized control and pressed their advantage. Seniors Brooke Brown and Brionna Reece got things started, first with a three pointer and then a couple layups that quickly pushed the Lady Longhorns ahead 8-0.   Full Story

Merry Christmas!

Date: 2013-12-18
On Friday, December 13 RedTail Mountain Golf Course invited children throughout the community to come to the Clubhouse and visit with Santa. The candlelit driveway leading to the Clubhouse was a welcoming prelude to the phenomenally decorated facilities. The staff was warm and welcoming --offering guests delicious cookies and cider. The Johnson County High School Show Choir performed Christmas classics while guests enjoyed the roaring stone fireplace and gorgeous Christmas trees.   Full Story

JCHS Band plays sounds of the season

Date: 2013-12-18
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

New Common Core requirements will bring many testing changes

Date: 2013-12-18
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Horns win over Raiders

Date: 2013-12-18
At a little slower pace but no less determination, Johnson County made things harder than they needed to be in their game against the visiting Sullivan North Golden Raiders last week. After controlling the tempo from the first quarter on, and eventually putting up a solid 10-point lead at half time, the Longhorns almost faced a huge upset late in the fourth as North battled back and overcame the Johnson County defense.   Full Story

Local business fabricates wide array of plastics

Date: 2013-12-18
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Putnam’s termination upheld by City Council following public hearing

Date: 2013-12-18
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Horns stampede Happy Valley

Date: 2013-12-18
The Longhorns came out to win against Happy Valley last week and that’s just what they did. Beginning with a three-point shot by J.R. Speed after tipoff, Johnson County went on a run that the Warriors simply couldn’t compete with. Joined by Brian Dempsey, Chase Phillips, and Dalton Timbs on the offense, the Longhorns quickly put up an eight point lead midway through the first quarter. Happy Valley finally caught up, thanks entirely to free throws in the last minute, but the two point deficit at the very end of the first was a close as they ever got to taking control of the game.   Full Story

Downtown Mountain City alive with Christmas music

Date: 2013-12-11
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-12-11
Baker’s Gap Baptist Christmas program  Full Story

Remembering Mountain City in another era

Date: 2013-12-11
Mountain City was a bustling little town during my early years living on our small farm about three miles out as the crow flies. As a youngster, I was the epitome of excitement when my parents mentioned going to “town.” Saturday night was the usual time for us to climb into our 1932 B-Model Ford coupe with a rumble seat and head for Mountain City. That was usually after a hard day’s work and the little trip was a relief from the toil we endured during the early part of Saturday. Depending on the season there was a variety of chores that needed attention as well as growing crops during the summer months. Of course weekday trips to town were made if something we needed wasn’t available from S. L. Harbin Store or Dayton Fenner’s Store. Those stores were located on Highway 67 close to Pleasant Valley and Swift Hollow Road entrances and were much closer to where we lived than Mountain City. Those stores were well stocked from saltine crackers to stovepipe.   Full Story

Poverty is a circumstance, not a choice

Date: 2013-12-11
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Horns win over Sullivan East 77-73 in a high energy game to remember

Date: 2013-12-11
In what could be a turning point for this season, the Longhorns played one of the best and most exciting games that Shoun Gymnasium has possibly ever seen Thursday night against the visiting Sullivan East Patriots. Games against East are always high energy, especially considering the long history with current Patriots and former Johnson County Coach John Dyer. Yet last week’s game proved to be something truly special, starting out as an evenly matched, overly physical battle from start all the way to an explosive overtime finish. After weeks of facing narrow losses against extremely tough teams like Science Hill and Daniel Boone, the Longhorns first conference win against the Patriots finally proved that Johnson County is a very serious contender in any match up.   Full Story

Lady Horns give valiant effort but fall to Patriots

Date: 2013-12-11
Although they were playing against one of their toughest opponents in the conference, the Lady Longhorns showed some renewed spirit and energy at home last week against Sullivan East. The final curtain ultimately fell in favor of the Lady Patriots, but even Coach Todd Whittemore acknowledged it wasn’t from a lack of effort.   Full Story

Longhorns leave Clintwood in the dust, winning 67-41

Date: 2013-12-11
The Longhorns were still riding the high of their narrow conference win over Sullivan East as they made a triumphant return to John Battle High School in Virginia Friday night to take on the Clintwood Green Wave. Having played two consecutive nights of extremely high-speed action, Johnson County was already geared up and ready to fight when they came out against a largely unsuspecting Clintwood. As a result the Green Wave failed to match the intensity of the Longhorns’ starting line up, quickly giving way to a three pointer from J.R. Speed followed by shots from Cody Bailie, Brian Dempsey, and Chase Phillips.   Full Story

JCHS plays close game with Bearcuts

Date: 2013-12-11
It was a fierce, high-energy battle all the way from tip-off through the final buzzer last Tuesday night in Johnson County’s first round of the annual John Battle High School Tip-Off Tournament. Playing the extremely talented Virginia High Bearcats, Johnson County not only held their own but actually controlled the game most of the evening. With nearly twice as many players on the bench, Virginia High eventually began to pull away late in the third quarter. Yet the Bearcats still had no easy victory as the Longhorns remained well within range of an upset all the way to the last minute of play.   Full Story

Passes to Doe Mountain are selling very well

Date: 2013-12-11
With the first official opening of the mountain now four weeks underway, the hot topic of this month’s Doe Mountain Recreation Authority (DMRA) Board meeting turned to finances. Chairman Larry Potter confirmed that already more than $15,000 in passes has been sold, a surprising number considering weather and time of year. Most visitors have been from surrounding states like North Carolina and Virginia, and even though the mountain only has limited trail access right now, comments have been very positive.   Full Story

It's a Wonderful Life" brings Christmas joy to audience

Date: 2013-12-11
The Johnson County Community Theatre once again delighted its audience with their presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life.” The talents of the actors, young and old, novice and seasoned, brought the spirit of Christmas joy to those fortunate to have seen one of the four productions this past week.  Full Story

Tester arrested on multiple drug charges

Date: 2013-12-11
On December 3, 2013, officers from Johnson County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on the residence of Brad Tester of Claude Warren Road. Officers allegedly discovered one-pot bottles that had been used to manufacture methamphetamine, as well as marijuana, prescription medications and drug paraphernalia. Tester was charged with manufacturing, delivery and selling of a controlled substance, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, initiate process to manufacture methamphetamine, maintain dwelling for sale of Schedule II, possession of Schedule IV, and simple possession of Schedule III. Tester is currently being held in the Johnson County jail on a $121,000 bond.  Full Story

The mountain tops glow white

Date: 2013-12-04
Logan Vincent   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-12-04
Hale Community Ministries  Full Story

More Tennessee history from Jack

Date: 2013-12-04
Two weeks ago I delved into a little of the history of Johnson County and Mountain City. In this column I want to mention some of the highlights of Tennessee History — especially East Tennessee History.   Full Story

Dewey School Reunion was a huge success

Date: 2013-12-04
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Nearly 20 points in three minutes for Hampton spells disaster for Horns

Date: 2013-12-04
Although they battled back from incredible odds, the Johnson County Longhorns couldn’t close the gap that opened up during the second quarter of last Friday’s game against local rivals, the Hampton Bulldogs. In a single three-minute span before the half the Bulldogs managed to jump nearly 20 points ahead thanks to a combination of accurate three-pointers and free throws from Johnson County’s own foul trouble. Proving that one bad run can mean the difference in a game, even though the Longhorns did fight valiantly all the way through the third and most of the fourth, it ultimately just added to the bitterness of the final defeat.  Full Story

Third quarter deficit costs JCHS girls the Hampton game

Date: 2013-12-04
The Lady Longhorns are still having a little trouble pulling together a consistent game against a tough opponent this season as was evident from the team’s latest matchup at Hampton Friday. Having played a solid couple of quarters against the Lady Bulldogs that was only five points apart at the half, the whole game shifted dramatically at the beginning of the third as Johnson County dug a hole they simply couldn’t work their way out of.   Full Story

Minor injuries reported in school bus collison

Date: 2013-12-04
A Johnson County school bus carrying students home from school was involved in a collision Monday afternoon, November 25, 2013, at approximately 3:38 pm at the intersection of Route 167 and Dotson Lane. The report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated that five students, ranging from eight to 16 years old, received minor injuries.   Full Story

Eight Heritage Acres residents still displaced after fire last week

Date: 2013-12-04
A fire spread through two of the five apartment buildings at Heritage Acres located in Mountain City on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 24th, at approximately 11:00 pm. According to resident manager, Donna Davis, a tenant heard the news on the scanner and quickly alerted the office. Davis, several residents and staff from Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center jumped in and began to immediately evacuate the residents. The tenants of Heritage Hall are seniors, 62 years old and above, and those with disabilities.   Full Story

Jenkins beats diabetes with diet and exercise

Date: 2013-12-04
In the United States alone, it has been estimated that 25.8 million men, women and children have diabetes, a metabolic disorder where the body does not utilize the insulin it produces correctly, causing blood sugar levels to elevate. The effects of uncontrolled blood sugar levels causes a host of health problems, including glaucoma, cataracts, pain and ulcers on the feet, skin infections, heart disease, high blood pressure, gum disease, nerve damage that causes severe pain, strokes and infections.    Full Story

Little Milligan boat ramp temporarily closed

Date: 2013-12-04
Forest Service officials at the Cherokee National Forest announce the Little Milligan boat ramp on Watauga Lake will be temporarily closed for the month of December while a traveling boat dock is constructed. The temporary closure will start December 2, 2013.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-11-26
Hale Ministries seeking volunteers  Full Story

Heating with wood carries a learning curve

Date: 2013-11-26
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

A Taste of the Season

Date: 2013-11-26
When you open the front doors of the lobby of RedTail Mountain Resort, you are immediately transported into a winter wonderland of holiday twinkling lights, a magnificent Christmas tree and fresh garland that grace the large fireplace mantels. The magic of the holidays can be found at RedTail and they are ready for the Christmas festivities, including a visit from Santa Claus himself.  Full Story

Don't overlook your blessings this Thanksgiving

Date: 2013-11-26
As I write this column it is Friday, November 22, 2013. I am keenly aware that this day marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death by an assassin’s bullet. Less than a week from now on November 28 will be Thanksgiving Day: a day set aside to give thanks to God for his blessings on us and his care for us. Both days are extremely important days. Those days are concerned with he untimely death of a greatly admired and popular president and a special day during which we give thanks to God for his amazing blessings. Appropriately, these days and the events they represent will be in the news with much coverage in both the print and electronic media. I can add little to what has already been read or said about those days in November.   Full Story

Longhorn girls beat Patrick Henry, Mitchell County

Date: 2013-11-26
After an up and down showing that resulted in a one and one record their first night of the Hall of Champions tournament at home last week, the Lady Longhorns were able to bounce back in the final two rounds later in the week against Mitchell County North Carolina and Patrick Henry from Virginia. Despite the fact that both teams have a strong reputation in their home conferences, Johnson County’s girls proved to be more than a challenge for either program.   Full Story

Longhorns beat Cloudland Highlands 64-57

Date: 2013-11-26
The Cloudland Highlanders gave Johnson County a run for their money at home Friday night, but in the end, despite losing several critical players to fouls late in the game, the Longhorns still came out on top in what turned out to be a grudge match from start to finish. At times Johnson County would gain a clear and stark lead over the Highlanders, often as much as 10 points, only to find themselves vying for control once again a few minutes later. Most of these quick shifts were due to costly turnovers and trouble with fouls, both factors that ultimately tinged the final, narrow victory.   Full Story

Girls lose to Highlands

Date: 2013-11-26
After a very solid first half, trouble in the third quarter cost the Lady Longhorns dearly against the Cloudland Lady Highlanders at home last Friday night. Having controlled the court throughout the first quarter and coming in just one point shy of the lead at half time, things were looking pretty good for Johnson County early on, but as Coach Todd Whittemore pointed out, a team has to be able to consistently endure the pressure to be able to pull out a win against a team like the Lady Highlanders.   Full Story

Kids, Santa Claus is coming to town to get your letters

Date: 2013-11-26
Attention boys and girls! Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to get those letters ready to mail to Santa. This year, there have been some very busy elves working for the boys and girls of Johnson County. Out in front of City Hall will be a special red mailbox that was made especially for letters to you know who, Santa Claus!  Full Story

Arts Council Craft Show turnout most impressive to date

Date: 2013-11-26
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Stout’s position on commission to be filled next month

Date: 2013-11-26
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ coming to Heritage Hall stage next week

Date: 2013-11-26
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

The Ghost in the Meadow hauntingly good entertainment

Date: 2013-11-20
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Johnson County boasts a rich history

Date: 2013-11-20
From its creation Johnson County has had a most interesting history. We can deduce from the arrowheads and other artifacts that have been found that the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans once hunted and some historians believe even camped on what is Johnson County land. As a youngster, I found arrowheads while working in the fields of our small farm. According to some historians, other Native American tribes were here before the Cherokee but were driven further west by the Cherokee, who then dominated this land.  Full Story

Boys lose to Daniel Boone, Science Hill in Hall of Champions

Date: 2013-11-20
Johnson County’s basketball season got off to an official start last week as the high school hosted their annual Hall of Champions Tournament. The boys’ team played in separate games Friday and Saturday night, taking on the Daniel Boone Trailblazers and the Science Hill, Hill Toppers. Representing some of the toughest programs in the region, the Longhorns put up an amazing fight both nights despite the fact that a third of the lineup was away in Knoxville for the second round of the football playoffs late Friday night and didn’t get back until early Saturday morning.   Full Story

Girls lose to Hanker, South Greene in opening tourney

Date: 2013-11-20
It was a night of highs and lows as the as the Lady Longhorn basketball team made their official debut this season at the annual Johnson County Hall of Champions Tournament. In their first game against the Honaker Lady Tigers. fans could not have asked for a stronger performance. From tip off all the way through the last quarter Johnson County led on the boards and never backed off, often maintaining more than ten points ahead of their opponent. Yet, when the same group of girls came out against the South Greene Lady Rebels later in the evening it was the exact opposite case.   Full Story

Disappointing loss for Horns in second playoff run

Date: 2013-11-20
Johnson County’s second playoff run in school history started off strong in Knoxville, but soon came to a crashing halt after a few critical mistakes in the third quarter. Taking on the Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) Warriors, the Longhorns knew they would be facing a huge challenge but continued to strive all evening long.   Full Story

Cristy Dunn’s Tom Ashley mural unveiled on Saturday

Date: 2013-11-20
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

SNAP benefits reduced 5.4 percent

Date: 2013-11-20
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Local citizens share their memories of the day JFK was shot 50 years ago

Date: 2013-11-20
By Paula Walter  Full Story

School Board assures teachers they are on their side with TVAAS

Date: 2013-11-20
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Early Tomahawk deadlines for next week

Date: 2013-11-20
The Tomahawk will be printed a day early next week in order to get it in the hands of our readers before Thanksgiving. Consequently, deadlines for the Nov. 26th paper are as follows: Classified advertising deadline 12 noon Friday, Nov. 22nd; display advertising and editorial deadline: 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22nd. In order to meet our own printing deadlines, these times will be adhered to strictly.  Full Story

Yes, Virginia, The Musical

Date: 2013-11-13
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-11-13
Hale Community Ministries  Full Story

Some thoughts on President McKinkley's life and times

Date: 2013-11-13
While looking through my books recently, I happened to see a book titled The Authentic Life of William McKinley. That book was published in 1901 not long after McKinley’s death. I knew I had the book but I had not taken time to read it.   Full Story

Girls' basketball wins one, loses on in season opener

Date: 2013-11-13
The Lady Longhorn basketball team kicked off their season with a bang, playing a back-to-back double header in Jonesborough against the David Crockett Lady Pioneers and the Daniel Boone Lady Trail Blazers. The first round against Crockett proved to be a surprisingly strong success with a huge 50-37 win. Senior point guard Brooke Brown was the top scorer with 22 points to her credit, but several other teammates including Mary Taylor, Kourtney Tolley, and Brionna Reece lacked just one bucket of being in double digits themselves.   Full Story

Longhorns pull out first post season win since 1988

Date: 2013-11-13
Having just completed a tough conference season full of ups and downs, the Johnson County Longhorn football team made school history last Friday night by pulling out a narrow first round play off win at Tusculum against the Chucky Doak Black Knights. Despite the long drive and the bitter cold there was still a large crowd from Johnson County to witness the team’s first post season win since 1988.   Full Story

Sullivan Central soundly beat by only seven Horns

Date: 2013-11-13
The Longhorns started their basketball season on a strong note, pulling out a decided victory over the Sullivan Central Cougars at a scrimmage on the road. Highlighting a stark contrast in the two teams, Central had more than 20 players on the bench while the Longhorns had barely enough to rotate in with seven present. Point guard J.R. Speed was out due to medical issues while several other players were back at home busy preparing for the upcoming football playoffs against Chucky Doak.   Full Story

Bridge designated 'Spc. Frederick Greene Memorial Bridge'

Date: 2013-11-13
The bridge spanning Goose Creek on State Route 67 in Mountain City was designated the “Spc. Frederick Greene Memorial Bridge” on Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. The ceremony was attended by a large crowd of family and friends of Specialist Greene, local elected officials and dignitaries and citizens from the community wishing to honor the memory of this remarkable young man who lost is life in the tragedy at Fort Hood Military Base in Texas in 2009.   Full Story

Gene Hicks shares a lifetime of military memories

Date: 2013-11-13
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Local businesses sweeten the pot for shopping at home

Date: 2013-11-13
The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce has announced its shop-at-home campaign for this year’s holiday season. Shoppers with participating local merchants can enter drawings for a chance to win prizes and $100 in cash.  Full Story

Watauga Lake Winery wins two medals in competition

Date: 2013-11-13
By David Walter  Full Story

City readies for coming ACA insurance changes

Date: 2013-11-13
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Horns dominate in contest with Sullivan East Patriots

Date: 2013-11-06
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Preparing for an Appalachian Winter

Date: 2013-11-06
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

First of the Musical Heritage Murals going up in Mtn. City

Date: 2013-11-06
One of the best-kept secrets in East Tennessee is the rich musical heritage of Johnson County, but that story is about to be told in a big way. The Johnson County Arts Council recently secured funding through the East Tennessee Foundation, the Johnson County Community Foundation, and several prominent Johnson Countians and local businesses for the Musical Heritage Mural Project. The project will result in three murals being created by local artist and Johnson County High School teacher Cristy Dunn and installed on downtown buildings that honor the nationally and internationally known old time musicians who have called Johnson County home. In addition to beautifying downtown Mountain City, the murals will document local history and create a strong cultural element. The much anticipated first in the series has just been completed: a mural that depicts Clarence “Tom” Ashley picking his banjo for his pony. The public is invited to come out for the official unveiling of the mural on Saturday, November 16th at 3:00 in the afternoon at the corner of Church and Donnelly Streets. A reception will follow at Lois’s Country Café. Guests at the reception will be treated to an intimate concert in which Kenny Price demonstrates Tom Ashley’s signature clawhammer banjo style.   Full Story

Sheriff introduces the use of electronic cigarettes for inmates

Date: 2013-11-06
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Potter to serve two life sentences

Date: 2013-11-06
Marvin “Buddy” Potter, who was recently convicted on two counts of murder in the first degree for his involvement in the slaying of Billie Jean Hayworth and Bill Payne, was back in court on Tuesday, October 29 for his formal sentencing hearing.   Full Story

Doe Mountain opens Saturday

Date: 2013-11-06
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Swift recalls entertainment of yesteryear

Date: 2013-11-06
When I was young entertainment was different than it is today. Folks would gather for an evening of singing. I’ll always remember the singing of the great hymns and gospel songs of that time. The soprano, tenor, bass and alto were blended into great harmony and often the lines were in shaped notes and they are rarely or never seen today. The ladies gathered for quilting parties where beautiful quilts were tediously stitched. Kids had their toys. Wooden blocks were popular for the very young. There were footballs, baseballs, etc for the older set. But, there were no electronic games. There was not even electric power for most families. We had a portable record player that played the 78-rpm records. That phonograph was powered by a wind-up spring that needed to be winded often. It looked like a suitcase and had a handle for carrying like a suitcase.  Full Story

Marvin Potter given two life sentences

Date: 2013-10-31
By, Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

A family that trains together fits together

Date: 2013-10-30
By: Vernonica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-10-30
Evergreen Baptist Church revival meeting  Full Story

Prayers by three American presidents

Date: 2013-10-30
There is much talk about the place for prayer in today’s culture. Public prayer has been banned in schools, at sports events and in other venues as well. Prayer has been an important part of my life. Most of my prayer has been between my Father in Heaven and me while driving or in the quiet of the day. I am a sincere believer in prayer. I have had many prayers answered and I am thankful to God for that. He is All-Knowing, All-Mighty and Ever-Present. I am in awe of Him. As I was thinking recently about prayer, I decided to print a few prayers that have been worded by some very famous people.   Full Story

Sutherland will soon have public water

Date: 2013-10-30
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Bullying at epidemic proportions

Date: 2013-10-30
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Seizures reduced when introduced to new diet

Date: 2013-10-30
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Faith, family and friends carry Zack Wills through cancer battle

Date: 2013-10-30
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Longhorns give Sullivan South Rebels a tough fight

Date: 2013-10-30
After facing the Cyclones last week at home, the JCHS football team was ready to face the next big challenge on the road against the Sullivan South Rebels. With a near perfect record, hopes for a victory against South were already low, but to add to the challenge the Longhorns also faced a bitterly cold night that was attended by only the most diehard fans. Despite these odds, Johnson County was still able to pull out a surprisingly strong showing that ultimately left them as the only conference team that has been able to score against the Rebels so far this season.   Full Story

Timbs takes many top honors in golf including team MVP

Date: 2013-10-30
Topping off a spectacularly successful season, the JCHS golf team celebrated their annual awards banquet last Thursday at the First Christian Church in Mountain City. Head Coach Steve Arnold formally kicked off the evening with a brief introduction before opening up an excellent meal of lasagna, salad, rolls, and numerous deserts prepared by Melody Grayson and Jeannie Arnold.   Full Story

Sheriff's department follows up on threat by JCHS student to bring a weapon to school

Date: 2013-10-30
According to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, their office was notified yesterday that a student reportedly threatened to bring a weapon to Johnson County High School. Upon arriving at school this morning, several officers met the student as a precautionary measure. Sheriff Reece reports that no gun was found. According to Reece, this is the first time they have been called to the high school for an incident of this kind.  Full Story

Soentpiet brings his art alive to local kids and adults

Date: 2013-10-23
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-10-23
Author Don Piper To Be At  Full Story

Dewey Elementary School's reunion deemed a huge success

Date: 2013-10-23
Dewey Elementary School was one of many schools in Johnson County that educated children so that they would have better opportunities in their later years. And considering the circumstances those schools did a very good job in my opinion. There have been 67 elementary schools in Johnson County. So many schools were needed so students could be in walking distance to their schools.   Full Story

Laundering clothing was an all day affair in days past

Date: 2013-10-23
By: Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Longhorns loses final home game to Elizabeth

Date: 2013-10-23
Even before the season started the Longhorns knew they would have their hands full against Elizabethton. Having one of the top reputations for a team not only in the conference but in the whole region, the Cyclones were out to make Johnson County just another notch in their already successful season. Yet what Elizabethton got was one of their tougher games this year thanks largely to a strong Johnson County defense that didn’t back down even against a bigger and faster opponent.   Full Story

A to Z owner stops an alleged robbery in progress

Date: 2013-10-23
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Missing Man POW-MIA display on courthouse lawn

Date: 2013-10-23
By: Paula Walter  Full Story

No hunting on Doe Mountain for now due to insurance issues

Date: 2013-10-23
As the November deadline for posting the official rules governing the project gets closer, discussions at the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority’s (DMRA) monthly meetings have increasingly turned to preparations for the frustratingly elusive “soft” opening. Not surprisingly, the center of focus for October was much the same, with board members including Chairman Larry Potter trying to hash out the last few bugs that could prevent or delay the current target date of November 9th.   Full Story

Body of missing fisherman recovered from Watauga Lake

Date: 2013-10-23
The search has ended for a fisherman from Roan Mountain, TN who went missing after an apparent collision with an island on Watauga Lake just upstream of Fish Springs Marina.  Full Story

Man of many talents brings his artistic skills to Mountain City area

Date: 2013-10-23
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Beware of scammers

Date: 2013-10-23
By: Paula Walter  Full Story

Peggy Horne set to retire at the end of November

Date: 2013-10-23
By: Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Johnson County celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Date: 2013-10-23
By: Paula Walter  Full Story

Shady Valley Cranberry Festival 2013

Date: 2013-10-16
By: David Holloway  Full Story

The Cranberry Festival is a time honored Shady tradition

Date: 2013-10-16
My wife Mary, her sister Carol and myself began an early morning drive to the Cranberry Festival in beautiful Shady Valley Saturday. It had been a few years since we had taken in the sights and sounds of that event. The air was pleasantly brisk and there was a sense that fall had already turned the corner and soon the trees resplendent in their red, yellow and orange leaves would put on their annual show. Some leaves had already started to turn. We chose the route to Shady Valley through Damascus, Virginia, a very scenic drive. We took Route 91 to 58 to 133 traveling through the famed Backbone Rock. Seeing that monolith and traveling through it brought back memories of my childhood when my family and relatives would have picnics there and have a lot of fun and fellowship that being in the outdoors and sharing a meal together seems to enhance.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns fight hard but ultimately lose battle

Date: 2013-10-16
The Lady Longhorns Varsity run ended much like it began earlier in the year at the Jamboree in Unicoi. Like a roller coaster ride, Johnson County’s volleyball team had several big wins and just as many losses but kept on fighting right through the last game of the last match. Facing an extremely tough conference run, the Lady Longhorns actually got the first pick they wanted, traveling to Erwin to take on the Sullivan North Lady Golden Raiders in the first round of the district tournament.   Full Story

Farmer’s Market Apple Fest offers fruit of season

Date: 2013-10-16
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

School Board business is routine for October

Date: 2013-10-16
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Johnson County Middle School seal conference win

Date: 2013-10-16
It was a big night for the Johnson County Middle School football team. Having narrowly bested local rivals the Hampton Bulldogs just the week before, the two teams were back on the field for an even bigger matchup to determine the Little Watauga Conference Championship. The Longhorns had a lot on the line. Not only would the win seal the team’s third championship title in four years, but would also mark the first time in nearly a decade that a Johnson County team could claim a near perfect 9-0 season.   Full Story

Potter guilty on two counts of First Degree Murder

Date: 2013-10-16
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Longhorns win big over Unicoi Blue Devils 17-7

Date: 2013-10-16
After a couple of tough conference match ups over the past few weeks, Johnson County was right on target as the Unicoi County Blue Devils rolled into town Friday night. The energy was high and so were the tempers as a largely defensive first half turned drastically in Johnson County favor during the second half. However, as Coach Mike Atwood pointed out, it was no easy victory.  Full Story

Local citizens speak out about Obamacare

Date: 2013-10-16
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Day four of the Marvin Potter trial includes several witness testimonies

Date: 2013-10-10
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

The Curious Savage proves no challenge for the Johnson County High School Players

Date: 2013-10-09
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-10-09
Is your child signed up for  Full Story

Corporal Billy Mosier honored once again

Date: 2013-10-09
Someone has said, “Courage is to be afraid to do something noble, but to go ahead and do it anyway.” We can wonder what it is in some people that cause them to exercise extraordinary valor in times of crises. Maybe it is because they’re aware of a cause greater than themselves and they embrace that cause with everything that is within them.   Full Story

Horns play strong offense but still lose

Date: 2013-10-09
The Longhorns played some strong offense at Friday night’s homecoming matchup against the Sullivan North Golden Raiders, putting up more points than they have all season with two passing touchdowns, an amazing second quarter effort from junior Jordan Grubb on the carry, and a two point conversion. The Raiders are ranked sixth in the state for a reason, and despite Johnson County’s best efforts, the final victory went to North.   Full Story

Girls lose to Cyclones in last conference match, but optimistic about tournamanet

Date: 2013-10-09
The Lady Longhorns long tough road through the conference came to an end last week in a close match against the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones. Having played right with their opponents through all three games, the defeat was a disappointing end to the season, but also left some optimism for the girls’ tournament run against Sullivan North at Unicoi on Monday.   Full Story

JCMS comig into champioship undefeated

Date: 2013-10-09
The success of Johnson County Middle School’s Football program has been building over the past few years, but with an extremely talented and versatile group of returning eighth graders this season, the Longhorns have been able to pull off a record that hasn’t been matched in more than a decade.   Full Story

Seventh grade volleyball win first place in conference tournament

Date: 2013-10-09
Johnson County Middle School 7th grade volleyball won first place in conference tourney on Saturday, October 5th.  Full Story

NECC participates in Victim Impact Awareness Week with fund-raisers

Date: 2013-10-09
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Short agenda at city council meeting

Date: 2013-10-09
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Officer loses job after firing at squirrel in store

Date: 2013-10-09
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Marvin Potter trial is underway

Date: 2013-10-09
By Paula Walter  Full Story

The United Way begins their 2014 fundraising campaign

Date: 2013-10-02
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-10-02
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Grandparents' weddings were considered important events

Date: 2013-10-02
As I look back to the year late 1800s and late 1900s, I am reminded of some special times before my life began 75 years ago. I am not a genealogist, but I have dabbled in my family history a bit from both my father’s and mother’s side. I noted recently in a marriage record book the date when my paternal grandfather and grandmother were married. It was on January 24, 1886 When David Elkanah Swift and Sarah Fine Grindstaff said their vows and started their lives together. They raised four daughters and three sons. The youngest of them was my father. October 14, 1900 was the marriage date of my maternal grandparents Noah Webster Harper and Mary Ellen Victoria Gentry. They raised seven children: two sons and five daughters. The fourth one was my mother.   Full Story

Unicoi wins over Johnson County in volleyball match

Date: 2013-10-02
By: David Holloway  Full Story

Horns win over Dogs even with odds stacked against them

Date: 2013-10-02
After a tough couple of weeks of losses. the Longhorns were finally able to pull together a unified game against huge local rivals, the Hampton Bulldogs. Although Johnson County did impressively well, the odds were certainly stacked against them. Not only were the Longhorns playing on Hampton’s home turf, but were also faced with several shortfalls in the roster due to injury and illness.   Full Story

JCHS golf team has impressive season this year

Date: 2013-10-02
Of all the sports being played at Johnson County High School, the golf program may have had one of the most successful seasons this year. After pulling out wins over more than 30 opponents, including back-to-back victories over the Cyclones, only Sullivan South managed to outdo the Longhorns. With that in mind it was no surprise when the team pulled out yet another huge win at the District Tournament in Elizabethton, ultimately earning a second place ranking in the conference overall.   Full Story

Chris Soentpiet coming to Mtn. City

Date: 2013-10-02
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Billy Luther Jones will not serve time for real estate scam

Date: 2013-10-02
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Arrest made in shooting incident at Village Apartments

Date: 2013-10-02
Mountain City Police were dispatched to the Village Apartments on Monday, September 23, 2013 at approximately 12:12 pm in response to a reported shooting. Deputies from Johnson County’s Sheriff’s Department also responded to the incident. “Nobody was shot, “said Mountain City Police Chief Denver Church. “Somebody was shot at.” According to Church, Harold David Pugh was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and as a convicted felon with a firearm. According to eyewitness reports, an argument ensued between Pugh and Daniel Joseph Snyder over money. Reports indicate Pugh pulled out the gun and pulled the trigger. According to Church, Pugh fired a .22 automatic. Church explained the gun did not cycle and only one shot was fired. Snyder and a witness were able to get the gun from Pugh. Pugh, approximately 46 years old, was arrested and taken to Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and has been bound over to the Grand Jury.   Full Story

Introducing the JCHS 2013 Football Homecoming Court

Date: 2013-09-25
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-09-25
Mountain View Baptist Church Special  Full Story

Penalty spells defeat for JCHS with four seconds left at goal

Date: 2013-09-25
It was a battle of the defensive lines at Happy Valley Friday night. In a game full of interceptions, fourth down turnovers, and narrowly missed opportunities, the Longhorns did their best against the Warriors on their own field. After four full quarters of grueling, heart pounding work to hold Happy Valley back, Johnson County simply could not make the necessary offensive play that would have given them the one touchdown they needed to pull off a win.   Full Story

Golf team ends season on high note

Date: 2013-09-25
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Longhorns' narrow defeat to Rebels feels like a win

Date: 2013-09-25
The Lady Longhorns fared much better at home in their second match against top ranked conference newcomers Sullivan South. Although the evening ultimately ended in a loss for Johnson County, the rallies were long, the fans excited, and the home team played in top form. Had the match been against almost anyone else in the conference it would have more than likely been a landslide for the Lady Longhorns, but even pulling in a narrow defeat against the Lady Rebels is a sort of victory in its own right.   Full Story

ETSU Bucs will hit the field again in 2015

Date: 2013-09-25
The last official football game that the ETSU Bucs played in was a 16-3 win at home over the Citadel on November 22nd 2003. That last game signified the end of tradition that began all the way back in 1920 when East Tennessee State Normal School fielded their very first program. In those early days the team was known as the “Normalites” finally changing to the more recognizable Buccaneers in 1935.  Full Story

Picture of the first Mountain City football team jogs memories from days long ago

Date: 2013-09-25
During my employment at the Tomahawk Newspaper I was sports editor, sports writer, photographer, circulation manager, process camera operator, darkroom technician, advertisement sales manager, with a few other duties thrown in. Although all those duties weren’t concurrent, some were.   Full Story

Local woman takes her health into her own hands

Date: 2013-09-25
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Roe responds to question about state-mandated growth scores for teachers

Date: 2013-09-25
Editor’s note: Directly following the town hall meeting at the Johnson County Crewette building on Thursday, September 5, 2013, Congressman Phil Roe sat down with Tomahawk staff for an interview. The interview is being published verbatim in three parts.   Full Story

New chancellor attends county commission meeting

Date: 2013-09-25
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Mother, daughter shooting looks like murder/suicide

Date: 2013-09-25
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Cancer awareness special section in today's Tomahawk

Date: 2013-09-25
There is a special section dedicated to local warriors that are fighting cancer inside today's Tomahawk - on sale in newsstands throughout the county  Full Story

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

Date: 2013-09-19
FOR YOUR INFORMATION...  Full Story

Rodeo 2013

Date: 2013-09-18
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-09-18
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Several Washington, DC monuments honor special people

Date: 2013-09-18
My high school class gathered for a reunion on Saturday, September 7 and I was reminded of our class trip to Washington D.C. in our senior year. It was the last time I have been in that famous city. I have always wanted to go back again and take in some of the sights but my needs took priority over my wants. What prompted my memory about the trip to Washington is that the last publication of the Johnson County Historical Society titled Pictorial History of Johnson County contains a picture of the class standing with the U. S. Capitol in the background. Incidentally, the book can be purchased at the Welcome Center on South Shady Street in Mountain City or you may send your check for $22.00 to Johnson County Welcome Center, 716 S. Shady Street, Mountain City, Tennessee 37683. Checks should be made to The Johnson County Historical Society. The book will be shipped promptly by mail.   Full Story

JCHS Volleyball does well in Patrick Henry tourney

Date: 2013-09-18
For the past two weekends the Johnson County Lady Longhorn Varsity and Junior Varsity teams have made the trip to Glade Spring, Virginia to be a part of Patrick Henry High School’s annual volleyball tournament. As a chance to play teams they would not normally face, the event provides the Longhorns with a little extra experience against a wide variety of schools of different sizes and skill.  Full Story

Home team loses in two nights of play

Date: 2013-09-18
The Lady Longhorns faced a tough match on Tuesday night going up against Sullivan East. Sullivan East jumped out to take the lead from the beginning and continued to hold the momentum through most of the night. Twice during the first game, Sullivan East proceeded to rack up the points while the Longhorns were struggling to get one or two. With the score 6 - 4 in favor of Sullivan East, they proceeded to expand their lead to 12 – 4. Afterwards, the Longhorns scored 2 more points and then Sullivan East went on another lead stretching run to take the score to 20 – 6 in favor of Sullivan East before the Longhorns could slow them down a bit. The Longhorns lost the first game 25 – 12.  Full Story

Highlanders outplay Longhorns on JCHS home field

Date: 2013-09-18
The Longhorns had their hands full against the undefeated Cloudland Highlanders Friday night. The boys from Roan Mountain took the initiative, scoring a touchdown within the first few minutes of the game. Combining a skilled quarterback with a mix of talented running backs and receivers, the Highlanders were more than ready to prove they could overcome the slump they’ve been in the past few years.   Full Story

Roe tells us what he is doing for Johnson County

Date: 2013-09-18
Editor’s note: Directly following the town hall meeting at the Johnson County Crewette building on Thursday, September 5, 2013, Congressman Phil Roe sat down with Tomahawk staff for an interview. The interview is being published verbatim in three parts.   Full Story

Doe Mtn. officials visit trails project in VA for ideas

Date: 2013-09-18
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Woodring signs letter to state asking for voice in education policies

Date: 2013-09-18
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Scarecrows to occupy Main Street

Date: 2013-09-18
By Logan Vincent  Full Story

Tent revivals continue to bring services to the people

Date: 2013-09-11
By Logan Vincent  Full Story

Disaster loan app deadline October 1

Date: 2013-09-11
Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) announces the Small Business Administration’s deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages due to severe storms and flooding between July 18-21, 2013 is October 1, 2013.  Full Story

Congressman Roe shares his criteria for military force

Date: 2013-09-11
Editor’s note: Directly following the town hall meeting at the Johnson County Crewette building last Thursday, Congressman Phil Roe sat down with Tomahawk staff for an interview. The interview will be published verbatim in three parts.   Full Story

Two Brothers, Two Towers

Date: 2013-09-11
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

City loses some parking to keep Roadscapes grant

Date: 2013-09-11
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Large crowd attends Mountain City town hall meeting with Dr. Phil Roe

Date: 2013-09-11
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

JCHS Class of '56 enjoys 57th reunion

Date: 2013-09-11
It has been many years since the Class of 1956 said goodbye to its Alma Mater, Johnson County High School, and its members embarked on their journey of life. I am a member of that distinguished class and it is difficult for me to believe but this year marked our 57th year.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-09-11
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

In loving memory of Rachel's Uncle Billie

Date: 2013-09-11
Today, September 11, 2013, marks 12 years since the United States was attacked by Al Qaeda terrorists that left approximately a total of 3,000 people dead in New York City, at the Pentagon and in a remote field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.    Full Story

Longhorns overcome strong Grayson Blue Devils team

Date: 2013-09-11
Following a tough season opener against the Tennessee High Vikings, the Longhorns were able to bounce back with a big win at home against the visiting Grayson County High Blue Devils from Independence, Virginia. A tough school with a decorated past and a quarterback who has received a lot of hype, Johnson County’s coaching staff knew they would have to spend the last two weeks trying to prepare the team for what was sure to be an exciting match up.   Full Story

Girls lose tough volleyball match to Avery County

Date: 2013-09-11
After a close and exciting win against the Lady Vikings at home earlier in the season, the Lady Longhorns faced much different conditions in the gym of Avery County High School last week. Holding strong in the first game of the match, Johnson County never could quite get the upper hand, setting them back for the whole match with a noticeable lack of energy.  Full Story

JCHS golf beats Pioneers, loses to Trailblazers

Date: 2013-09-11
With only one week left in the regular season, golf is beginning to wind down in Johnson County. This week the Longhorns participated in only one match taking on Daniel Boone and David Crockett at the Graysburg golf course. Johnson County continued to have a respectable showing beating the Pioneers 170 to 219, but coming up short against Trailblazers at 163.   Full Story

A number of Johnson Countians headed west and settled in Oregon

Date: 2013-09-04
More than a few days ago, I was pleasantly surprised with a visit from Richard Walsh. He has a good grasp of local history and it is always great to talk with him since Johnson County history is one of the subjects that I love to write about. He loaned me a book entitled, History of Wheeler County Oregon.   Full Story

Hilliard weighs in on Miley Cyrus and the 'twerk' heard 'round the world

Date: 2013-09-04
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Longhorn volleyball stands proud against strong rival

Date: 2013-09-04
The Sullivan South Lady Rebels are easily the toughest team in Johnson County’s volleyball conference. Yet, despite this reputation, the Lady Longhorns came into Kingsport last week with their heads held high and left just the same, making a solid effort that no one could dispute or deny. Johnson County’s girls went three rounds against the Rebels, stumbling in the first but then regaining their composure to lead much of the second, and remain competitive in the third.   Full Story

JCHS golf team still doing well

Date: 2013-09-04
After losing to the Longhorns several times this season, the Sullivan East Patriots Golf Team was finally able to gain the upper hand last week after taking advantage of a few critical Johnson County missed strokes. Playing at the Tri-Cities Golf Course the Longhorns still a respectable showing at 182 which allowed them to easily triumph over Happy Valley at 201, but East was still able to take the top spot with 182. Even after this single loss, Johnson County’s record was still 11-5 on the season and the team is expected to do well at the district tournament in two weeks.  Full Story

Huge win for Longhorn JV team during barsity break

Date: 2013-09-04
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Farmer Morgan chosen as planning firm for Doe Mountain

Date: 2013-09-04
The Master Planning process can be one of the most important parts to any successful project. In the case of Doe Mountain, which has more than 8,600 acres of diverse and unique terrain that can easily accommodate a variety of recreational activities, the need for a well-written and adaptable plan is immense. Detailed information must be collected and presented in such a way that local leaders can use the plan to guide their decisions and make smart choices about the continued growth and success of the project.   Full Story

Dog rescuer's goodwill turns to desperation

Date: 2013-09-04
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Penton's positive message to students

Date: 2013-09-04
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Marijuana seizure and arrest made in Johnson County

Date: 2013-09-04
An early morning operation in Johnson County last Wednesday, August 28th led to the arrest of one man and the seizure of 24 marijuana plants, as well as harvested marijuana and drug paraphernalia. According to Sheriff Mike Reece, his officers spent the morning in a wooded area in the Neva community of Johnson County. Dustin Walters was arrested and marijuana with a street value of approximately $10,000 was seized. Walters was charged with Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He has been released from the Johnson County Jail after posting a 31,500.00 bond A court date has been set of October 2, 2013. This is an ongoing investigation.  Full Story

Barbara Potter is returned to Johnson County Jail

Date: 2013-08-30
By, Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Members of the Class of 2014 share their future aspirations

Date: 2013-08-28
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-08-28
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Swift writes about the Mountain City of yesteryear

Date: 2013-08-28
It is interesting to me to think about how Mountain City looked in the period of horse and buggy before the automobile came on the scene. There was time when unpaved roads were the norm in Johnson County and a picture I have of downtown Mountain City shows how it was circa 1900. The photo shows muddy streets and while it is impossible to see in the picture, it is very possible that there were board sidewalks. No doubt there were hitching posts since the horse was a staple in those days. Riding a horse or riding in a horse drawn vehicle would have been the choices of folks. Oh, walking was probably popular also. I suppose there was great deal of that in those days.   Full Story

Longhorns suffer big loss at hands of Tennessee High

Date: 2013-08-28
The Longhorns officially started off their football season with a big challenge, traveling to Bristol to face the Tennessee High Vikings. Although the game started off with a solid showing from Johnson County that eventually gave them a 12-8 lead, a combination of trouble from turnovers and the Viking’s intense speed and passing game cost the Longhorns dearly by the end of the night. Tennessee High was the first to reach the end zone, putting up a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the first five minutes of the game. Taking over the ball at the 35-yard line, the Longhorns fell back on their steady ground game. Patrick South and Jordan Grubb did a good job on the carry, and with a few timely passes to receivers like Greg Roark, Johnson County quickly moved down the field. An incomplete pass with just over four minutes on the clock saw the Longhorns at fourth and four from the 22-yard line. A flag on the play for interference cost the Vikings and Johnson County dodged a bullet with a first down.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns in big over Eagles and Vikings

Date: 2013-08-28
The Lady Longhorns were off to a good start this week, pulling out big wins against the Tri-cities Christian (TCC) Lady Eagles and the Avery County Lady Vikings. The TCC match was a blowout in Johnson County’s favor, bringing two relatively easy wins in the first two rounds. Avery County, which is much more similar to Johnson County’s program proved to be a little more difficult, ultimately going four rounds with the Lady Longhorns narrowly picking up three.     Full Story

Golf team has good showing again this week

Date: 2013-08-28
Johnson County’s golf team continued to be on a roll last week, traveling to South Greene County and the Nolichucky View Golf Course. Playing against South Greene High School and local rival Hampton, Johnson County had a respectable showing with a team score of 170. The Bulldogs managed to scrape by with one stroke at 169, but the Longhorns were safely ahead of the South Green Rebels at 194.  Full Story

Those convicted of DUI must now equip cars with ignition interlock

Date: 2013-08-28
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Rep. Hill’s efforts bring Dept. of Labor career fair to Johnson County

Date: 2013-08-28
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Local veterans join fight for benefits and medals for Fort Hood victims

Date: 2013-08-28
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Doe Mountain receives first grant for almost $200,000

Date: 2013-08-28
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-08-21
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

It is important to know as much as we can to keep informed

Date: 2013-08-21
I heard a joke many years ago that points out the inability of folks to know everything. It seems a man boasted that he and his brother knew everything. When asked a particularly difficult question the man replied: “That’s one my brother knows.”   Full Story

The JCHS Marching Band kicks off their season with a bang

Date: 2013-08-21
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Education is not a one size fits all endeavor

Date: 2013-08-21
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Commissioners pass 4¢ property tax increase for Johnson County

Date: 2013-08-21
Johnson County’s pressing budgetary questions came to an end last Thursday night at a specially scheduled recessed July meeting that was held immediately before the regular August meeting at 7 p.m. The county’s board of commissioners had already conducted a budget workshop earlier in the week after failing to pass a $.04 property tax increase the week before. This time around, the majority of the county’s elected officials were present to address whether or not further cuts in their own budgets could be made.   Full Story

Record rainfall taking a toll on area

Date: 2013-08-21
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Circuit Court Clerk new computers should help increase fine collection

Date: 2013-08-21
As discussion over the budget has heated up for the past few months, much attention has been directed toward many of the county’s expenditures over the past year. One of the most scrutinized items has been a $60,000 purchase to install an entirely new computer system in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Replacing equipment nearly 15 years old, the process of converting thousands of past files has been lengthy and not without its own set of problems. However, even after seeing the computers up and running for only a few weeks, indications have been very positive that the system is not only worth the money but could help see increases in the amount of funding and fines being collected by the office.   Full Story

Potters' charges include First Degree Murder

Date: 2013-08-21
The article printed in last week’s Tomahawk entitled “Mother and daughter charged in Payne, Hayworth deaths,” listed the charges brought against Barbara and Janelle Potter as two counts of Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder. However, according to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office, the charges that came down from the Grand Jury also included two counts of First Degree Murder.  Full Story

Greene was likely charging gunman when he was shot

Date: 2013-08-21
It has been almost four years since the massacre at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas that took the lives of 13 people including Specialist Fred Greene from Johnson County and injured more than 30 others. United States Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who served as a psychiatrist to the troops, was charged as the lone shooter and is now standing trial.  Full Story

New security system at high school locks doors after bells

Date: 2013-08-21
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

JCHS golf team is off to a good start on the season

Date: 2013-08-21
The season is off to a good start for Johnson County’s golf team. An early win on the road against Sullivan East was soon followed by a win at home and another at Rye Cove. Between the two, the Longhorns also played nine holes at Buffalo Valley against a couple of the toughest teams in the conference, Elizabethton and Sullivan South. Even though Johnson County was unable to best these two titans as a team, several individual scores were as good as or better than their counterparts with the Cyclones or Rebels.   Full Story

The town that wouldn't drown earns its name again during torrential rains

Date: 2013-08-14
Even with uncooperative weather, this year’s Old Butler Days Festival at Babe Curtis Park was a big success. Dark and ominous clouds held back most of Friday as the event kicked off and visitors were treated to an assortment of live acts, good food, and plenty of activities for the kids. New this year was an old-fashioned wagon ride pulled by a team of mules, as well as several events including an auction conducted by Commissioner John Brookshire on Saturday.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-08-14
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

JCHS golfer Nathan Timbs hits hole-in-one at Red Tail

Date: 2013-08-14
The JCHS Longhorn Golf Season kicked off last week in a travel match against the Sullivan East Raiders at Tri-Cities Golf Course in Blountville. Although East has been one of Johnson County’s tougher competitors in the past, the Longhorns handled themselves well, coming in eight strokes under the Raiders overall 177 to 185. Yet the real story behind the match came a few days earlier as Johnson County’s players were competing amongst themselves to establish top seeds.   Full Story

Million dollar winner still has not come forward

Date: 2013-08-14
If you recently purchased a Powerball lottery ticket at Parsons Quick Shop in Mountain City, you may have hit the jackpot. Lottery officials notified the store that a $1,000,000 ticket had been sold at their location. The winning numbers are 5 25 30 58 59. The winner has six months to claim their prize.  Full Story

Barton Hawkins dies at 88

Date: 2013-08-14
Barton Allen Hawkins, of Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Johnson City Medical Center.   Full Story

Doe Mountain opening postponed

Date: 2013-08-14
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Temporary driver’s license will be issued day of application; permanent ID will be mailed

Date: 2013-08-14
Tennessee has become the 21st state to implement a centralized issuance system for those who are applying, renewing or replacing their driver’s license or identification cards. Johnson County became one of the latest counties to participate in the new endeavor to curtail individuals from obtaining multiple licenses and tackle the rising problem of identity theft.  Full Story

Water and sewer issues dominate city council meeting

Date: 2013-08-14
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Still no decision on 4¢ tax increase

Date: 2013-08-14
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Mother and daughter charged in Payne, Hayworth deaths

Date: 2013-08-14
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Barbara and Janelle Potter charged in 'Facebook Murders'

Date: 2013-08-12
Mother and daughter Barbara and Janelle Potter were both arrested and charged in connection with the "Facebook Murders" which occurred in January of 2012 and left Billy Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth dead in their home, their infant son still in his mothers lifeless arms.   Full Story

A $1,000,000 lottery ticket sold at Parson's Quk Shop

Date: 2013-08-08
If you purchased a lottery ticket in the last few days at Parson's Quik Shop in Mountain City on Route 421, you may want to pull out your tickets and take a hard look at the numbers. The Quik Shop was just notified their store had sold a winning $1,000,000 dollar ticket. The winner needed five of the numbers in the powerball lottery. At this time, it is not known who the lucky winner is.  Full Story

New owners of golf resort hope growth will benefit community

Date: 2013-08-07
Johnson County, Tennessee has some of the most scenic and spectacular mountain views this region of the country has to offer. It is among these hills that RedTail Mountain Resort and Golf is expanding to not only include its current 18-hole golf course but condominiums, a tennis court and a swimming pool. Under the direction of new owners, Lyle and Kendall Habermehl, RedTail Mountain is growing by leaps and bounds.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-08-07
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site is an interesting experience

Date: 2013-08-07
In a column a few weeks ago, I wrote about some of what I considered to be interesting and informative trips that Johnson County residents might take that were fairly close but still had a great deal of significance insofar as Tennessee history is concerned. In that column I mentioned the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site but I gave few details about it. It is a very interesting site to visit and one good thing about it is it’s only a few miles away, about 50 miles. It is located at 2620 South Roan Street in Johnson City. The site is to the right on South Roan Street.   Full Story

Longhorns win big over Volunteer in first scrimmage

Date: 2013-08-07
The Johnson County Longhorn Football Team held their first regular season scrimmage last week, facing off against the visiting Volunteer Falcons. Despite facing a large opponent, the Longhorns did very well, playing with intensity and ultimately bringing out a win at three touchdowns to one. In fact, after taking the incentive and pulling ahead early in the game, Coach Mike Atwood was able to take out most of the varsity players on the team to give the freshmen and JV time on the field as well.   Full Story

Police presence to increase in schools

Date: 2013-08-07
After the December 2012 massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece immediately wanted to increase the police presence in the local schools. After meeting with Johnson County Superintendent of Schools, Morris Woodring, the decision was made to place an additional officer to rotate among the seven schools. “I wanted him in every school every day,” said Reece. “I think it’s my responsibility to keep these schools safe.”  Full Story

Barlow, Sutton memorial event raises over $5,000

Date: 2013-08-07
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Old Mill Ministries' Back to School Bash a huge success

Date: 2013-08-07
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Potter's trial to be held in Washington County

Date: 2013-08-07
Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, along with Jamie Lynn Curd, were previously charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of both Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth on January 31, 2012. Both Payne and Hayworth were found shot dead in their home. Their infant son was found unharmed in his mother’s arms. Both Potter and Curd were indicted by the Grand Jury on July 27, 2012. Potter appeared in Johnson County Court on August 1, 2013. Motions filed were denied. His trial is set for October 7, 2013. The venue for Potter’s trial has been changed and he will be tried in Washington County, Tennessee.  Full Story

Patriot's Place downsized due to lack of local support

Date: 2013-08-07
By: David Walter  Full Story

Be still and know that I am God

Date: 2013-07-31
By: David Holloway  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-07-31
Bridge Builders, Children in Crisis  Full Story

Swift is thankful to all those that served in Korean War

Date: 2013-07-31
As I write this column, yesterday, July 27 was the 60th anniversary of the ending of the Korean War in 1953. That “police action,” as it was known until Congress officially recognized it as a war in 1998, began when on June 25, 1950, a large number of North Korean soldiers stormed across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed North Korea and the pro-Western South Korea. A few days later, American Troops entered the war. As conflicts go, the Korean conflict was relatively short — only three years. But during that time some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their life to the war. The “police action” in Korea cost America 157,530 casualties, 33,629 of them battle deaths. The primary reason for engaging in that war was said to be preventing communism from spreading. Early in the conflict the burden of supplying military aid quickly to South Korea fell upon the United States. When the Security Council asked members of the United Nations to send fighting forces to Korea, only sixteen of sixty agreed.   Full Story

JCHS joins forces with other players in FCA game

Date: 2013-07-31
Several members of the Johnson County baseball team and coaching staff were given the rare honor to compete alongside some of their conference rivals last week at King University in Bristol as part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA) annual all star game. It was a battle between the states as players from East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia faced off for the first time. Johnson County JV Coach Nicholas Perkins took the helm for Tennessee, with some much appreciated help from fellow Johnson County coaches Ryan McQueen and Michael Icenhour as well as Milligan’s Chris Gordon. Also coming in from Milligan was Coach Brad Hill and Elizabethton head coach Joe Nix who spent their time getting the team together and working at practice.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns attend summer volleyball camp at Emory and Henry

Date: 2013-07-31
Head coach Eric Crabtree got his first real opportunity to gauge the performance of this season’s Lady Longhorns volleyball team at a special summer camp tournament hosted by Emory and Henry College last week. Johnson County did very well playing against several schools from across Southwest Virginia, despite a few roster changes that saw several new faces on the court.   Full Story

Auto fatalities in county due largely to no seatbelts

Date: 2013-07-31
By: David Walter  Full Story

Kids 'dig into reading' at our local public library

Date: 2013-07-31
By: Veronica Burniston  Full Story

Local VA office seeks to keep veterans informed

Date: 2013-07-31
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New judge wants more answers in Jones case

Date: 2013-07-31
Billy Luther Jones’ most recent stand before a judge ended with more questions than answers. After admitting to five felonies last year resulting from scamming and stealing more than $200,000 from over half a dozen victims, Judge Lynn Brown sentenced Jones to 30 years of unsupervised probation, along with requirements to submit his annual tax return and make payments of $100 each month.   Full Story

True to its name, Sunflower Festival shines in the rain

Date: 2013-07-24
By: David Holloway  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-07-24
Bridge Builders, Children in Crisis  Full Story

We must all do our part to keep Johnson County beautiful

Date: 2013-07-24
Johnson County, home to rolling hills, hollows and mountaintops is known for its spectacular beauty. A place with four distinct seasons, this area of the country is without a doubt breathtaking. One of my favorite views is off my front porch where I can watch the shadows dance on the mountain ridge as the afternoon sun begins to sink in the sky. Looking east outside my bedroom window, I watch subtle shades of pink and blue begin to streak across the mountain sky each morning as the sun begins to rise.   Full Story

JCMS basketball attends summer camp

Date: 2013-07-24
Following a phenomenal seventh grade season last year where the Johnson County Boys Basketball team went undefeated in their conference, coaches Brad Reece and Larry Grindstaff are already gearing up for what could be another strong run. The first real preview of what may be in ahead for the Longhorns came after a trip to Daniel Boone to take part in a very successful summer basketball camp.   Full Story

JCHS Longhorns come out on top in 7-on-7 passing league tourney

Date: 2013-07-24
As part of their ongoing summer training, the Varsity and JV football teams took part in a 7 on 7 passing league tournament this past weekend at Hampton. Taking on local teams including Cloudland, Sullivan East, South Green, and of course the Hampton Bulldogs, Johnson County was ultimately able to come out on top, blowing past the competition with an accurate arm from quarterback Warren Kerley and several young and talented receivers.   Full Story

No sign of Rosenberg during latest search

Date: 2013-07-24
Harry Rosenberg of Laurel Bloomery has been missing since January 13th of this year when he did failed to return from his typical evening walk. Rosenberg was last spotted entering the Cherokee National Forest at the end of Gentry Creek Road. Despite the efforts of Med Flight to help search the dense forest with the use of infrared technology, along with all terrain vehicles and volunteers combing the area, Rosenberg was not found.   Full Story

Hebron Colony’s AC unit is destroyed by thieves in order to steal copper

Date: 2013-07-24
By Paula Walter  Full Story

New county budget proposes four-cent property tax increase

Date: 2013-07-24
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Victims hoping for justice as Jones is back in court

Date: 2013-07-24
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Rain does not stop lake cleanup

Date: 2013-07-24
By Logan Vincent  Full Story

Broadcasting live from Heritage Hall in Mountain CIty, Tennessee

Date: 2013-07-17
By Veronica Burniston  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-07-17
Bridge Builders, Children in Crisis  Full Story

Tis the season for family and class reunions

Date: 2013-07-17
Within the past few weeks, I’ve noticed there have been several high school class reunion announcements in the Tomahawk. I enjoy class reunions. I am happy to get the chance to see members of my class once again. In fact my class, the class of ’56, has scheduled a reunion in September. It’s really hard to believe but it has been 57 years since we walked out of the old high school building that now houses Heritage Hall and various offices to go on to different journeys in time.  Full Story

New school year starts August 6th

Date: 2013-07-17
By David Holloway  Full Story

Darocha competing in Junior Olympics karate competition

Date: 2013-07-17
By: David Holloway  Full Story

Doe Mountain sets opening for Labor Day weekend

Date: 2013-07-17
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Two lives taken in car accidents in Johnson County

Date: 2013-07-17
A two-car crash claimed the life of Timothy D. Campbell of Butler, Tennessee on July 10 as Campbell was driving eastbound on State Highway 67 in Johnson County. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Campbell, who was not wearing a seatbelt, crossed the centerline and hit another car head on. The driver of the second vehicle, Kyle Stanberry, was injured in the crash. Reports indicate Stanberry was wearing a seat belt. He remains in the hospital.  Full Story

Reward offered for Larry Snyder

Date: 2013-07-17
Operation Dixie Crystal is a joint drug task force operation aimed at significant methamphetamine traffickers in Ashe, Allegheny, Caldwell, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties in North Carolina as well as Johnson County in Tennessee. In this operation 30 men and women have been charged with methamphetamine trafficking and firearms offenses. This operation has been ongoing since 2012. Since the beginning of the investigation, law enforcement have seized approximately 30 firearms, five vehicles, 20 pounds of methamphetamine and $150,000 in U.S. currency.  Full Story

Seasonal flooding of Watauga Lake continues

Date: 2013-07-17
By David Walter  Full Story

Explore the beauty of Johnson County in summer splendor

Date: 2013-07-10
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-07-10
Bridge Builders, Children in Crisis  Full Story

Summertime offers opportunities to explore local sights

Date: 2013-07-10
Looking for a Short Get-Away?  Full Story

In Memory: No other rose could smell quite as sweet

Date: 2013-07-10
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Horns honing basketball skills against tough opponents

Date: 2013-07-10
The Johnson County Longhorn Basketball team has had a very successful summer, taking part in several camps that have pitted them against not only some of the best teams in the state but the entire southeastern United States. Excitement has been running high ever since school let out in May, especially since the announcement that the Longhorns have officially been invited to take part in the 2013 Arby’s Classic at Viking Hall in Bristol.   Full Story

Baseball team participates in MTSU summer camp

Date: 2013-07-10
The JCHS baseball team got a rare opportunity to work alongside some of the best talent in the state, making their way to the Middle Tennessee State University to take part in the school’s annual baseball team camp in Murfreesboro. Unlike most summer camps, MTSU’s program not only pits various teams against once another in games, but also spends significant time on teaching techniques that could give a heads up over the competition.   Full Story

Carderview Utility customers express multiple concerns at Monday’s meeting

Date: 2013-07-10
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Knowledge is a powerful tool when safeguarding children from abuse

Date: 2013-07-10
By David Walter  Full Story

Property maintenance issues at top of City Council agenda

Date: 2013-07-10
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Putting food on the table for $31.50 per week presents tough challenges

Date: 2013-07-10
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Independence Day celebration biggest and best in recent memory

Date: 2013-07-02
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's Church Announcements

Date: 2013-07-02
Bridge Builders, Children in Crisis announces summer programs  Full Story

Johnson County is training base for TBB Iron Man Team

Date: 2013-07-02
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

The rockets' red glare

Date: 2013-07-02
Photo by Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

JCHS baseball team takes advantage of golden opportunity

Date: 2013-07-02
The JCHS baseball team got a rare opportunity to work alongside some of the best talent in the state, making their way to the Middle Tennessee State University to take part in the school’s annual baseball team camp in Murfreesboro. Unlike most summer camps, MTSU’s program not only pits various teams against once another in games, but also spends significant time on teaching techniques that could give a heads up over the competition.   Full Story

Rep. Hill aids local church, college students with fireworks sales

Date: 2013-07-02
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

JCHS tennis team had a succesful season

Date: 2013-07-02
Johnson County’s Tennis program had a stellar season this year. The young girl’s team began pulling out some big wins, while the boys’ team went on to make school history after senior Timmy Bellamy took the district championship.   Full Story

A look at the military history of the US since WWI

Date: 2013-07-02
By: David Walter  Full Story

Daniel Winters charged with aiding, abetting

Date: 2013-07-02
According to a press release from Johnson County Sheriff’s office, Daniel Ray Winters, 29 years of old of Mountain City, was charged with aiding, abetting, and accessory after the fact in connection with an on-going investigation involving Richard Shane Mabe. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Winters was charged with furnishing the first vehicle that was used by Mabe while he was avoiding arrest in the connection of the shooting of Jackie Harless and Michael Laird, both of Mountain City. Mabe was later arrested on two counts of attempted second-degree murder. Bond for Winters was set at $50,000 and his court date is scheduled for July 24, 2013.  Full Story

The Foreigner could easily be JCCT's best play yet

Date: 2013-06-26
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-06-26
First Christian Preschool enrolling students  Full Story

Swift elaborates on Independence Day and American freedom

Date: 2013-06-26
With the Fourth of July on the horizon, I thought I would follow up on last week’s column with a bit more of the history and happenings leading up to and including the signing of the Declaration of Independence as well as the aftermath of the Revolutionary War which ended with the original Thirteen Colonies free and independent from British rule. The colonists detested Britain’s taxation without representation and other of King George’s edict.  Full Story

Beauty and the beast: Asphalt plant meets historic Trade

Date: 2013-06-26
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

JCHS baseball still swingin' through the summer months

Date: 2013-06-26
Playing an abbreviated summer season, the JCHS Longhorn baseball team got the opportunity to welcome some talented new faces at a recent home game match up against the Ford Town Marlins, a travel team from the Kingsport area. Made up of players from Sullivan South, Sullivan East, and even as far away as John Battle, the Longhorns had their hands full but put forth a solid effort that Coach Nicholas Perkins couldn’t help but appreciate.   Full Story

JCHS softball plays in summer tourney at Sullivan East

Date: 2013-06-26
Although many members of the team are playing on various summer travel teams, the Lady Longhorn Softball program was able to pull together at least one summer tournament, traveling to Sullivan East to take on some tough competitors like Science Hill and Tennessee High. Playing two games on a Thursday and two more Friday, the girls got the chance to welcome in the rising freshmen, who all did surprisingly well on their first time out.   Full Story

Many feel action on asphalt plant is too little, too late

Date: 2013-06-26
By: David Walter  Full Story

Wills recognized by Lions Club for 60 years of service

Date: 2013-06-26
By: David Holloway  Full Story

Project Inasmuch volunteers lend a hand where needed

Date: 2013-06-26
By: David Holloway  Full Story

Jennings requests loan for new mowing equipment

Date: 2013-06-26
The Johnson County Board of Commissioners had a very busy meeting Thursday night, covering a broad range of topics and issues. The evening started on a solemn note, with the board recognizing the absence of both Commissioners Emily Millsaps and Dean Stout, who has recently been dealing with serious medical problems. As a result Stout was specifically included in the opening prayer, with many on the board expressing their concern and hope of a speedy recovery.   Full Story

New rules for parade participants

Date: 2013-06-26
Mountain City’s Town Council decided to implement safety changes in the Fourth of July parade based on the recent accident at Trail Days in nearby Damascus, Virginia where a car plowed into a group of hikers and visitors to the area on Laurel Avenue. It was estimated 60 people were injured in varying degrees. Reports indicate the driver of the car suffered a medical emergency. Mountain City’s Town Council passed a safety regulation where every vehicle driven in the parade must have at least two licensed occupants. Further requirements state there must be an attendant walking on each side of the float to ensure both adults and children remain a safe distance away from the vehicle.  Full Story

Tomahawk kids share their favorite books with our readers

Date: 2013-06-19
I think Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a great book because it has a lot of funny parts and some serious parts when it is appropriate in the story.  Full Story

Approaching Fourth of July prompts a look into American democracy

Date: 2013-06-19
In just a few days America will celebrate and commemorate Independence Day or as it is often called the Fourth of July. It is a day set aside to remember the signing of one of the most important documents in the history of mankind: the Decoration of Independence. There will be cookouts, fireworks, and a lot of flag waving as Americans celebrate the occasion and rightly so.  Full Story

The jury's still out on the American right to privacy

Date: 2013-06-19
Once again, the US government is mired in yet another controversy. It has seemed lately that there has been issue after issue that has hit the news; the deadly attack in Benghazi, the revelation that the IRS may have targeted specific conservative groups; the Justice Department issuing search warrants for some Associated Press journalists and the recent announcement that there may have been inappropriate actions by employees of the State Department that involved prostitutes. Perhaps the one that seems to have riled me up in the last week is the discovery that information gathered from phone calls is being collected on millions of Americans. It definitely makes you think that indeed big brother is watching.  Full Story

Suspects apprehended after car chase and gun fire

Date: 2013-06-19
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Retiring school employees honored at board meeting

Date: 2013-06-19
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Fund-raisers have Trade Mill’s wheel turning again

Date: 2013-06-19
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Jacob Henson receives MVP title in JCHS track

Date: 2013-06-19
After possibly one of the most successful seasons in school history, the JCHS track team officially celebrated the end of the year with a special awards dinner and ceremony at the Johnson County Crewette building last week. The first and foremost recognition went to the 13 competitors on the team that qualified and moved on to sub-sectionals in Greenville. Two of those, J.R. Speed and Jacob Henson, actually went on to the next level at sectionals with Henson taking a top 10 spot overall.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-06-19
Locust Gap to hold VBS  Full Story

Gambill and family continue to journey through healthy eating and not-so-natural flavoring

Date: 2013-06-19
As I continue on my healthy journey, I’m learning more and more about protecting my family from everyday dangers found on the grocers’ shelves. For some time I have dutifully scanned ingredient lists on cans, jars, boxes and wrappers, assuming that I could believe what I was reading. However, my latest discovery heightened my sense of distrust of the Food and Drug Administration to an entirely new level.  Full Story

Independence Day celebration to take place June 29 this year

Date: 2013-06-19
The Chamber of Commerce will be holding this year’s Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, June 29th, rather than on the fourth of July as usual. Following is the schedule for the day. With the exception of the parade, all events will be held at Ralph Stout Park. The parade will be on the usual route that ends on Main Street.  Full Story

Alleged shooter Richard Shane Mabe in custody

Date: 2013-06-13
Breaking News:  Full Story

Appalachian Express Chorus

Date: 2013-06-12
By: Logan Vincent  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-06-12
Roan Creek Baptist Church  Full Story

Swift delves deeper into the history of Johnson County education

Date: 2013-06-12
Continuing from last week’s column, it became evident that although creating and sustaining public schools for the education of Tennessee’s citizens had many setbacks (especially lack of state tax support), Johnson County was one of the earliest counties in the state to levy taxes to enhance opportunities for children to get an education.  Full Story

Girls hone basketball skills

Date: 2013-06-12
The Lady Longhorn basketball team got a unique opportunity to play against some tough competition last week as they made their way to Wise Virginia to take part in the 2013 Southwest Virginia Team Camp. Twenty-five teams participated in the event, with Johnson County and Daniel Boone being the only two from Tennessee. Yet, for head coach Todd Whittemore, coming up against unfamiliar opponents was one of the more positive parts of the weekend.   Full Story

Hammons named in Super 22

Date: 2013-06-12
The JCHS baseball team has had many great players over the years but few have been quite as decorated as Judd Hammons. Having earned two back-to-back All Conference spots, Hammons went on to claim numerous distinctions from several regional organizations including a 2012 and 2013 spot on Johnson City Press’s Super 22 Team. A pick of the best players from across Upper East Tennessee, the honor of being selected was one that only a handful of Johnson County players have ever had, and even more rarely two seasons in a row.   Full Story

Chamber recognizes community-minded businesses and individuals

Date: 2013-06-12
By David Hollaway  Full Story

Doe Mountain plans bring opening closer

Date: 2013-06-12
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

JCCF awards $20,500 to local organizations

Date: 2013-06-12
The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF), an Affiliate Fund of East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), announces the recipients of the 2013 Johnson County Community Foundation Grants Program.   Full Story

Richard Mabe sought in connection with shootings

Date: 2013-06-12
An early morning shooting in Johnson County left two individuals hospitalized and law enforcement searching for another subject. According to Sheriff Mike Reece his office is investigating a shooting incident that took place on Divide Road at approximately 2:10 Monday morning. Sheriff Reece tells us that 40-year-old Jackie Harless of Mountain City and 40-year-old Michael Laird also of Mountain City, are both in Johnson City Medical Center being treated for gunshot wounds.  Full Story

The Johnson County education system has changed drastically

Date: 2013-06-05
In the early days of what is now Johnson County, there was little interest in education. Learning the arts of chopping, plowing, and shooting was essential to maintain an existence in the wilderness of the new land west of the Appalachian Mountains.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns wrap up a successful season with awards banquet

Date: 2013-06-05
Wrapping up a surprisingly successful season, the JCHS Lady Longhorns softball program recently celebrated this year’s many accomplishments at their annual awards banquet. Held at the First Christian Church in Mountain City, coaches Dana Smith and Lisa Mullins recognized several players who were key in securing wins not only over some of the Lady Longhorn’s tough conference competition, but in Johnson County’s various tournament runs as well.   Full Story

Longhorn baseball team wraps up challenging season with awards banquet

Date: 2013-06-05
Despite a very tough season filled with challenges both on the field and off, the JCHS Longhorn baseball coaching staff was still very proud of their team’s ability to persevere. That pride shone through last week at the annual baseball awards banquet as both Head Coach Pete Pavusek and Assistant Coach Nicholas Perkins recognized some of the players and dedicated fans that have made the program so successful not only this season but over the past few years.   Full Story

Johnson County basketball coaches Atwood and Whittemore host camp

Date: 2013-06-05
Johnson County basketball coaches Austin Atwood and Todd Whittemore hosted yet another successful annual basketball camp last week. Open to boys and girls ages Kindergarten through ninth grade, campers were given a rare chance to work on everything from fundamentals to more complex techniques right alongside the same high school players they see performing night after night during the regular season.   Full Story

Mr. Mike leaves behind a legacy of community service

Date: 2013-06-05
By: Logan Vincent  Full Story

Former Johnson County resident lives through Moore, OK tornado

Date: 2013-06-05
The recent tornadoes that have hit Oklahoma have caused a path of destruction and death for the citizens of those towns ravaged by the violent weather. Twenty-four people lost their lives, some of them children in Moore, Oklahoma.  Another storm this past weekend was responsible for the death of another four individuals.  For those that have survived, the memories of the devastating storms will remain with them for years to come.  Steve Brown, a Johnson County native, and his family were living in Moore when much of the town was leveled by a deadly tornado.  Full Story

Dry Run Winery celebrates official opening

Date: 2013-06-05
By: David Walter  Full Story

Several meth related arrests made in county

Date: 2013-06-05
According to a press release from the Johnson County’s Sheriff’s office, multiple arrests for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine were made on May 28, 2013. The arrests came after a lengthy investigation that included the joint efforts of the Johnson County’s Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshalls and the Counter Drug Task Force.  Full Story

Johnson County Farmers Market inspires new growth

Date: 2013-06-05
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-06-05
In The Beginning Christian Day Care seeks volunteers  Full Story

Butler Community Park celebrates a new chapter

Date: 2013-06-05
Butler Community Park celebrated a new chapter in its history this past weekend as county officials and community leaders officially celebrated a rehabilitation effort put together by the Butler Ruritan and funded in part through Mountain Electric’s Operation Pocket Change. Dr. Sandra Fortune was a guest speaker at the ceremony, explaining some of the details of the Pocket Change program and expressing her appreciation for the dedication of those volunteers who have given the park a new lease on life.   Full Story

Johnson County Relay for Life is a "model program" says American Cancer Society

Date: 2013-05-29
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-05-29
In The Beginning Christian  Full Story

When the bean crop ruled Johnson County agriculture: Part II

Date: 2013-05-29
In last week’s column I wrote a bit about the green bean enterprise in Johnson County and having been involved in the labor aspect of that once thriving enterprise, I remember a great deal about it. What I mean about being involved in the labor of it is I picked and carried out — two important jobs toward getting the beans from the vines to the weigh station and finally to market. I hope last week’s and this column might evoke the memory of some of those of us who worked all day in the bean field in the blazing sun as well as be informative to the young people of today as well as newcomers to our great county.   Full Story

JCH presents basketball awards

Date: 2013-05-29
With the final tournaments winding down at the end of the school year in track and tennis, baseball and softball, it is easy to overlook the accomplishments of some of the other talented athletes at Johnson County High School, especially during the fast paced and exiting basketball season. Both boys Longhorn Coach Austin Atwood and Lady Longhorns Coach Todd Whittemore made every effort to give much deserved credit to the players and their families last month at separate special awards banquet ceremonies.   Full Story

JCHS Graduation 2013

Date: 2013-05-29
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Doe Elementary Hilltoppers #1 C Team has near perfect season

Date: 2013-05-29
The school year is winding down and the last regular season sports are wrapping up, closing out what has been a very successful year for some of the coaches and teams in Johnson County. This is true not only for high school and middle school which often get a little more recognition, but elementary athletics as well. Possibly the most successful team this year came out of Doe Elementary’s basketball program.   Full Story

Multiple issues discussed at recent commission meeting

Date: 2013-05-29
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Event raises $2,500 for Doe Mtn. plus matching funds

Date: 2013-05-29
By David Walter  Full Story

Commission and PAC talk about animal control issue

Date: 2013-05-29
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Johnson County pauses to remember our fallen heroes

Date: 2013-05-29
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Appalachian Trail Days

Date: 2013-05-22
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-05-22
In The Beginning Christian  Full Story

School year comes to a close

Date: 2013-05-22
By: Teresa Cunningham  Full Story

Career fair at middle school

Date: 2013-05-22
By: David Walter  Full Story

Commissioners fail to make decisions on asphalt plant

Date: 2013-05-22
It was a night full of debate at last week’s county commission meeting. Lasting more than two hours, the board discussed several ongoing issues that drew a varied crowd of supporters and speakers from the audience. Possibly the biggest and most controversial subject of the meeting involved the ongoing construction of Appalachian Material’s asphalt plant adjacent to the Trade Volunteer Fire Department just off Highway 421.   Full Story

Heavy rains cause flooding late Sunday afternoon

Date: 2013-05-22
Torrential rains hit this area this past Sunday as the region received up to four inches of rain in approximately three hours. This caused flooding not only in Johnson County, but also neighboring Carter and Unicoi counties. The Tennessee Valley Authority has approximately 300 rain gauges placed around the state, including one that shows 13.67 inches of rain that has fallen in Laurel Bloomery in March, April and May of this year.  Full Story

When the bean crop ruled Johnson County agriculture

Date: 2013-05-22
It is an evening in late May when I am writing this column and it has rained very hard during the past three or four hours. There is a lull in the storm for now, but more rain is predicted for tonight. The ground is already saturated with water from thunderstorms earlier in the month and I hope there will be no serious flooding to follow this most recent storm.   Full Story

JCHS tennis has strong showing in district tourney

Date: 2013-05-22
The JCHS tennis team wrapped up their season with a strong run in the district tournament earlier this month. A two-day event that took place in Elizabethton, the Longhorns had several competitors on the courts both in singles matches and in doubles. Playing against some of the toughest competition in the conference, Johnson County held its own, winning several sets and almost gaining an all Longhorn finals match.   Full Story

Timmy Bellamy signs to play tennis for Milligan

Date: 2013-05-22
Having lost just one match during the entire regular season and then going on to claim the award for tennis conference player of the year while also becoming the first district champion from Johnson County since 2000, it is easy to see why Milligan College was very interested in pulling Timmy Bellamy into their program. Yet, the one thing that appealed most to Bellamy’s coaches, both in high school and now on a college level, is that the senior player accomplished all of these things largely out of pure, raw, talent.   Full Story

River Cazire signs to play college football next year

Date: 2013-05-22
It’s been a while since the JCHS football program was able to claim a college signee from their ranks, but considering the sheer athletic talent of this year’s group of graduating seniors, it was no surprise when two members of the Longhorn’s team announced their intentions to carry their football careers to the next level.   Full Story

Henson and Speed compete in track A-AA Sectional

Date: 2013-05-22
After a surprisingly good showing at sub-sectionals in Greeneville, two members of Johnson County’s high school track and field team qualified to move on to the next level. Both senior Jacob Henson and sophomore J.R. Speed made the trip to the Christian Academy of Knoxville last week to compete in the A-AA Region 1 Sectional.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-05-16
In The Beginning Christian Day Care seeks volunteers  Full Story

The Circle of Life

Date: 2013-05-15
It’s been said that there’s a lot of talent in Johnson County, and Saturday’s performance was a powerful demonstration of the amazing ability of the youth of the county. This past weekend, the Johnson County Young Artists presented the musical, “The Circle of Life,” an original work written by Lacy Hilliard.  Full Story

Swift recounts East Tennessee's Civil War history

Date: 2013-05-15
The American Civil War began with shots fired on Fort Sumter, a federal fort located in Charleston, South Carolina. President Lincoln had sent supplies to the fort but the ships were intersected and forced to sail back to New York. Soon after that Fort Sumter’s commander, Robert Anderson, was ordered to surrender. He didn’t at first but later surrendered and evacuated the fort and South Carolina forces took it.   Full Story

Daniel Helm signs to play baseball at Milligan College

Date: 2013-05-15
JCHS senior Daniel Helm has a lot going for him. With a 4.0 grade point average, an unparalleled role on the school’s baseball team, and a long running reputation as one of the Longhorns best hitters, it would be easy for some students to let their talent go to their head. Yet, possibly one of Helm’s best qualities is his humble nature and willingness to work with those around him.   Full Story

JV team proves to be baseball gem

Date: 2013-05-15
While the JCHS Varsity baseball team had a rough start and an even rougher finish to their season this year, the Longhorns had a hidden gem in their Junior Varsity, who did exceptionally well and performed far above the expectations set for them. Pulling out 13 wins overall, with some very big upsets along the way, head Coach Nicholas Perkins couldn’t be prouder of his team’s efforts.   Full Story

J.R. Speed and Jacob Henson qualify for sectionals

Date: 2013-05-15
After a strong showing at conference, the JCHS track and field program continued their impressive season by sending nearly half the team on to sub-sectionals in Greeneville last week. Competing against schools in their own district, including Elizabethton and Happy Valley, the Longhorns also got the opportunity to test their abilities against more distant rivals, such as Grainger County and Gatlinburg-Pittman.  Full Story

Longhorn tennis has strong showing against Cyclones

Date: 2013-05-15
The JCHS tennis team celebrated senior night in an extremely tough and often close match up against the top ranked Elizabethton Cyclones. Although many of the individual sets did not go in the Longhorns favor, the final scores did not accurately depict just how close some of those games were.   Full Story

Larry Hutchinson inducted into TSSAA Hall of Fame last month

Date: 2013-05-15
By: David Walter  Full Story

City Council discusses business at May meeting

Date: 2013-05-15
Mountain City Mayor Lawrence Keeble had a grocery list of issues to discuss at last week’s city council meeting, starting with a reminder that there will be a Memorial Day Service held at Ralph Stout Park on May 27th. Other topics were a little more in depth, including a discussion concerning recent emergency action taken by the mayor to repair damaged sewer lines on South Church Street.  Full Story

TVA says high lake levels are seasonal and temporary

Date: 2013-05-15
By: David Walter  Full Story

Doe Mountain project moving forward

Date: 2013-05-15
The Doe Mountain Recreation Authority (DMRA) held their first county meeting at the Johnson County Crewette building last Tuesday. The meeting itself was rather brief compared to several past monthly sessions at the First Tennessee Development district in Johnson City, but there were still many important issues that were covered.   Full Story

Positive spirit beats Rudd Martin's cancer

Date: 2013-05-15
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Billings pleads guilty to vehicular manslaugher

Date: 2013-05-15
David A. Billings of Mountain City recently pled guilty in Washington County Criminal Court to vehicular homicide, as well as vehicular assault charges, to a December 3, 2010 crash that killed Tanya K. Martin and injured her six-year old daughter.   Full Story

Weekend show features high school artists

Date: 2013-05-08
By David Walter  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-05-08
In The Beginning Christian  Full Story

Benjamin Franklin, a man of many talents

Date: 2013-05-08
I have for many years been amazed at the quantity and quality of work some folks are able to produce. As I look back and see people who have made a definite difference during their lifetime, I am in awe of their tenacity and work ethic they have exhibited. I feel that statesmen, scientists, engineers, artists and people in other fields as well have made great contributions toward making our lives better. I appreciate that.  Full Story

Longhorns win over Happy Valley in regular season

Date: 2013-05-08
The Longhorns came into the District 1 AA tournament with high hopes of reviving their troubled season by finally pulling off a win against the number three ranked Sullivan East Patriots. A slow start coupled with a huge early sweep from East in the first inning dug a hole that even a late game rally couldn’t overcome.  Full Story

Horns end regular season on high note, beating Cloudland 15-1

Date: 2013-05-08
Having lost a narrow game against the Sullivan East Patriots, the JCHS baseball team was back on the field at Milligan College for their second round in the District 1 AA conference tournament. This time the Longhorns faced off against the Sullivan North Golden Raiders and their pitcher Chase Arnold.   Full Story

Johnson County loses first tourney game to Sullivan East

Date: 2013-05-08
The Longhorns came into the District 1 AA tournament with high hopes of reviving their troubled season by finally pulling off a win against the number three ranked Sullivan East Patriots. A slow start coupled with a huge early sweep from East in the first inning dug a hole that even a late game rally couldn’t overcome.  Full Story

Horns squeak by Raiders in second round of tourney

Date: 2013-05-08
Having lost a narrow game against the Sullivan East Patriots, the JCHS baseball team was back on the field at Milligan College for their second round in the District 1 AA conference tournament. This time the Longhorns faced off against the Sullivan North Golden Raiders and their pitcher Chase Arnold.   Full Story

Girls have almost perfect game, beating Cloudland 14-0

Date: 2013-05-08
In a season that has already been filled with surprise wins and amazing performances, the Lady Longhorns really took the cake last Monday night at Cloudland, playing what ended up being an almost perfect game. With sophomore Hope Nelson on the mound, the Lady Highlanders simply could not touch a base, and in fact, the only time they even reached first was off of a single error late in the fourth.   Full Story

Loss to Sullivan East puts Longhorns out of tournament

Date: 2013-05-08
With the tournament on the line the Longhorns came into their third game of the District 1AA championship after a very close win over the Sullivan North Raiders. The weather was far from perfect Sunday evening, with a steady rain soaking the field and leaving the bases and the mound at Milligan College a soggy mess. Despite that fact, the Longhorns still put forth their best effort against the Sullivan East Patriots.   Full Story

Lady Horns trample Hampton Bulldogs with 11-1 win

Date: 2013-05-08
Coming right on the heels of an extremely successful win over Cloudland, the Lady Longhorns were back in action Tuesday, dominating the visiting Hampton Lady Bulldogs. It wasn’t quite a shutout this time around, but freshman pitcher Brianna Snyder still did a fantastic job on the mound and the whole team was once again relaxed and ready to hit.   Full Story

Raiders slip by Lady Horns 7-6 in tournament opener

Date: 2013-05-08
The Lady Longhorns softball team came into the conference tournament at Elizabethton High School with a lot of wins under their belt and a solid reputation for pulling off victories against some very tough opponents. Ranked third overall after Elizabethton and Unicoi, Johnson County was paired off against the Sullivan North Lady Raiders in their first round, with most fans expecting and easy win.   Full Story

Loss to Sullivan East ends it for girls

Date: 2013-05-08
Having lost their first round in a surprising upset against Sullivan North, the Lady Longhorns were in a less than perfect mindset coming into their second match up with the Sullivan East Lady Patriots. Once again, Johnson County faced a team that they had dominated in the regular season only to find that the tables had turned by tournament time.   Full Story

Jessica Tester beats cervical cancer for her two children

Date: 2013-05-08
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Real estate coming alive again in Johnson County

Date: 2013-05-08
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Public attends annual breakfast with legislators

Date: 2013-05-08
By David Walter  Full Story

The elephant in the room ... a look at poverty in Johnson County

Date: 2013-05-08
By David Walter  Full Story

Religion should not be used as an excuse to harm others

Date: 2013-05-01
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Horns lose to Elizabethon twice in a double-header

Date: 2013-05-01
Making up for lost time early in the season, the JCHS baseball team played in a tough double header against the Elizabethton Cyclones last Monday night. With trouble on the offense still hindering the Longhorns, there was little the home team could do to keep the Cyclones at bay.   Full Story

Mahala throws no-hitter in first conference win of season

Date: 2013-05-01
It was a long time coming but the JCHS baseball team finally pulled out a conference win last week at Sullivan North. Even more impressively, it was a total victory with pitcher Ryan Mahala throwing out his second career no hitter. As much as the offense has hurt the team in the past, this game saw solid contact on the ball all the way down the lineup with Mahala pulling out a second amazing feat in landing a huge home run along with fellow senior Jacob Henson.   Full Story

Track team has top ten finish against bigger rivals

Date: 2013-05-01
The JCHS track team traveled to Johnson City last week to compete alongside some of the best and toughest teams in the entire region at the first annual Tri-Cities Classic at Science Hill. Taking on challenges well above their own classification, the Longhorns were still able to walk away with a respectable showing including one top 10 finish and several top 20 finishes.   Full Story

Longhorns win big over Happy Valley last week

Date: 2013-05-01
Following their first conference win against Sullivan North earlier in the week, the Johnson County Longhorns were able to pull off another amazing win at home Friday against the Happy Valley Warriors. Having already been handed a tough defeat from the Warriors earlier in the season, the mercy ruled victory was a satisfying change of pace that saw nearly every batter in the lineup get the chance to prove their worth.   Full Story

Unicoi bests Horns on both offense and defense, wins 13-1

Date: 2013-05-01
With only two conference games left in the season, the Lady Longhorns desperately needed a win against the visiting Unicoi Lady Blue Devils. Unfortunately, despite playing a very narrow 3-0 loss early in the season, Unicoi was on top of their game early last week, besting Johnson County both on offense and defense.   Full Story

Girls get badly needed win over Happy Valley

Date: 2013-05-01
After a tough loss against Unicoi earlier in the week, the Lady Longhorns got one last chance to improve their record in the final conference game of the season against Happy Valley. As head Coach Dana Smith explained, Johnson County had a lot riding on that final win. “I knew that we were just going to have to play and play well against Happy Valley,” Smith said. “They beat us early in the season and we had to have that game. This was the game that was going to tell us what place we were in coming into the tournament. It was more pressure on me and Lisa than the girls were feeling but they knew it too. I think that once they settled down and just started playing they were ok. Pulling out a win was like taking a breath. It was like ok, now we gear up for the tournament. We can beat anyone in the conference in my opinion, if we just play and hit.”  Full Story

Sarah Swift signs to play volleyball for Emory & Henry

Date: 2013-05-01
JCHS senior Sarah Swift got the rare opportunity to go on and play college level volleyball after signing with Emory & Henry College last week. Surrounded by friends family, and teammates from both the Lady Longhorn basketball program and volleyball team Swift made her decision official Friday morning in the high school media center.  Full Story

Focus on Faith

Date: 2013-05-01
In The Beginning Christian Day Care  Full Story

New director taking band in positive direction

Date: 2013-05-01
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Cancer is no match for Frankie Gentry

Date: 2013-05-01
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Mountain States Health and BlueCross in contract negotiations

Date: 2013-05-01
BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) Insurance Company and Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) have until the end of June to negotiate a reimbursement rate and enter into a new contract. Their decision could impact 26,500 people in Tennessee. BCBS’s insureds previously received notification their healthcare coverage with MSHA could end unless an agreement is reached. The facilities impacted are Johnson County Community Hospital, Johnson City Medical Center, Franklin Woods Community Hospital and Sycamore Shoals Hospital, among others.  Full Story

Keene gets five years supervised probation

Date: 2013-05-01
Tim Keene was recently found guilty by a jury trial of four counts of improper influence of grand jurors and was sentenced on April 23rd. He received five years supervised probation.   Full Story

Morefield retiring, Fenner appointed as her replacement

Date: 2013-05-01
Linda Morefield announced this week that she is ending her tenure as Johnson County Clerk and Master after 27 years in the office; six years as Deputy Clerk and Master and 21 years as Clerk and Master. Sherrie Fenner, current Deputy Clerk and Master, has been officially appointed to take Morefield’s place, effective July 1, 2013.  Full Story

Early radio shows featured country and western music

Date: 2013-05-01
With fewer radio stations in the early days of radio, many of the big stations had tremendous power and could be heard at great distances. Stations such as WSM Nashville, WLS Chicago, KWKH Shreveport, Louisiana and many others traveled the airwaves into the homes of millions of folks during the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. I can remember when as a youngster my family would gather around the old Philco Cathedral style radio that was in a corner of our living room to hear the news or a country music program.   Full Story

Johnson County's young people display their talent

Date: 2013-04-24
By: David Walter  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-04-24
Christian Daycare seeks volunteers  Full Story

Johnson County once had a store in almost every community

Date: 2013-04-24
There was a time in Johnson County when almost every community had a country store. Some were large enough to be called general stores. There are some still around, but most have been closed for years. Even I remember when country stores were an important part of our lives. I grew up on a small farm in an area that’s now known as Swift Hollow in the Dewey Community.  Full Story

A country should respect its leaders regardless of political affiliation

Date: 2013-04-24
Facebook and other social medial website can be a terrific venue to keep up with family members and friends.  However, it seems it has become an outlet for derogatory comments about President Obama.  Frankly, I am tired of people, both online and in face-to-face conversations, dissing the president of the United States.  Full Story

Tiny Day Softball Tourney prepares JCHS for district tourney

Date: 2013-04-24
The Lady Longhorns participated in the 27th annual Tiny Day Softball Tournament in Greenville this past weekend. Originally intended for three days, the Friday games had to be cancelled because of bad weather, but Johnson County came out ready to play Saturday in a first round against South Greene.   Full Story

Collapse of Cowan Town Road likely caused by storms

Date: 2013-04-24
By David Walter  Full Story

Doe Mountain ATV rodeo and benefit dinner coming up May 25th

Date: 2013-04-24
By David Walter  Full Story

County consults with Erwin on local animal control solutions

Date: 2013-04-24
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Longhorns making progress despite three more losses

Date: 2013-04-24
The JCHS baseball team continues to struggle, seeking out an elusive conference win that has proven to be unexpectedly difficult to secure. With two weeks of consecutive losses, both players and the coaching staff are scrambling to regain composure after a rough start to the season has continued to spiral.   Full Story

Shades of Spring

Date: 2013-04-24
The last remnants of winter melt into the warm earth and trees stretch in spring’s sunshine, covering the High Country in shades of green, pink and creamy white.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns win two of three in softball

Date: 2013-04-22
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

JCHS tennis program is looking strong this season

Date: 2013-04-22
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Team of Tigers

Date: 2013-04-17
Team after team of tiny ball players proudly march down Main Street in Mountain City Saturday, officially kicking off The Johnson County Little League 2013 playing season on Saturday. The Tomahawk will present a special Little League section for your enjoyment in three weeks on Wednesday, May 8th. Read more details on how to place an ad featuring your special player in today’s paper.  Full Story

Johnson County has good showing at track meet

Date: 2013-04-17
The Johnson County High School track team made their second official appearance of the season, traveling to Sullivan Central in Blountville to take part in an eight-school meet that included some very tough competitors like Sullivan South and Volunteer. With one of the largest teams the Longhorns has ever had, Johnson County had competitors in nearly 20 events ranging from the shot put to the long jump and the 100 meter dash.   Full Story

Girls lose to Unicoi, 3-0

Date: 2013-04-17
Having started the season with a very young team that had never really worked together, no one would have anticipated just how well the Lady Longhorns have done this year. With the exception of a few down turns on some of their tougher tournament runs, JCHS’s softball team has won or at least held the potential to win in every game they have played so far, undeniably turning heads as they have traveled around the region to face some huge challenges.   Full Story

Spring storm preparedness is important to your family’s safety

Date: 2013-04-17
By Paula Walter  Full Story

School board April meeting deals with end-of-school-year business

Date: 2013-04-17
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Cancer is finding a tough opponent in Ron Sutherland

Date: 2013-04-17
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Trade residents raise asphalt plant concerns to TDEC

Date: 2013-04-17
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Lady Horns pull out win against Sullivan east last week, 4 to 3

Date: 2013-04-17
Having started off the week playing a long hard round against Unicoi, the Lady Longhorns were ready to move on to their next challenge at home against Sullivan East. This time however, the results were much different to the surprise and excitement of JCHS fans. Starting off slow on the offense, things looked bleak for Johnson County until a huge late game turn around gave the Lady Longhorns just what they needed to pull out a win.  Full Story

JV baseball is doing well

Date: 2013-04-17
The JCHS varsity baseball team may have hit a dry spell over the last two weeks, but it has been a very different story for the young group of Junior Varsity players. After starting off the season slow, eventually coming out one and five from their first few rounds, the JV Longhorns began to hit their stride, quickly bouncing back to a five and five record after a series of huge wins, including one notable matchup against the David Crockett Pioneers.  Full Story

Varsity baseball losing streak continues with three more losses

Date: 2013-04-17
The recent and surprising JCHS varsity losing streak slump continued through last week as the team came up short in three big home game showings against the Sullivan North Golden Raiders, Sullivan East Patriots, and Unicoi Blue Devils.   Full Story

Lady Horns take win over Unaka

Date: 2013-04-17
Having just warmed up against Hampton, the Lady Longhorns made their way on up to Stony Creek to take on the Unaka Lady Rangers in one of the best games they have played all year. With excellent contact on the ball coupled with solid pitching and more than one good play on the field, Johnson County dominated the game from the first inning, despite the fact that the Lady Rangers did everything in their power to fight back.   Full Story

JCHS softball beats Hampton 8-5

Date: 2013-04-17
Working overtime to make up some of the games postponed earlier in the season by bad weather, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns competed in two separate away games Friday, first taking on the Hampton Lady Bulldogs and then traveling to Stony Creek to play the Unaka Lady Rangers.   Full Story

All Things Spring

Date: 2013-04-17
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-04-17
In The Beginning Christian Day Care  Full Story

Longtime business closes, second auction set for Saturday

Date: 2013-04-17
As long as I can remember, there’s been a store at what is now 201 East Main Street in Mountain City. While I don’t remember any names of the businesses of long ago, I suppose it had a number of names before it became The Trading Post. As The Trading Post, it has always been a place where a plentiful and varied inventory was maintained. Name it and it probably was available at The Trading Post. From Hardware items to groceries; from a variety of fruit to a variety of candies; from vegetable and flower seed to kitchen supplies; it was all there. The inventory also included, vegetable and flower plants, onion sets and more when in season. There were also mowers, chainsaws, string trimmers and other mechanical tools available with repair service as well for a number of years.   Full Story

Longhorns have good showing at track meet

Date: 2013-04-11
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

A letter addressed to the young ladies of Johnson County and beyond

Date: 2013-04-10
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County Community Theatre gives a Texas-sized performance

Date: 2013-04-10
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-04-10
April Released Time Schedule   Full Story

Family, friends and a dose of humor help Kristy Herman fight cancer

Date: 2013-04-10
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Doe Mountain moves closer to soft opening

Date: 2013-04-10
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

City votes to continue with fluoride in water; Crosswhite is new vice-mayor

Date: 2013-04-10
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Many teenagers involved in risky sexual behavior

Date: 2013-04-10
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Longhorns lose tough match to Elizabethton, 20-1

Date: 2013-04-08
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Longhorns win first in doubleheader with Hampton, lose second

Date: 2013-04-08
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Horns lose to Unicoi 0-7

Date: 2013-04-08
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Lady Longhorns play in tourney but don't make it to money round

Date: 2013-04-08
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Lady Longhorns play strong against Elizabethton, lose 5 to 3

Date: 2013-04-08
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Colored eggs and bright children’s faces light up Babe Curtis Park

Date: 2013-04-03
The annual Easter egg hunt at Babe Curtis Park in Butler is a tradition dating back decades that not even gloomy weather and the threat of rain could dampen this past weekend. With more than 50 children and parents participating in the hunt, there was plenty of fun and excitement all over the park grounds.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns trample Sullivan North, winning 18-2

Date: 2013-04-03
By, Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Judy Gwinn shares her story of faith and surviving cancer twice

Date: 2013-04-03
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Lady Horns continue streak with win over Lady Patriots

Date: 2013-04-03
By, Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Soledad O'Brien speaks during ETSU's Civility Week

Date: 2013-04-03
By David Walter  Full Story

Cloudland puts up a good fight, but Longhorns defeat them 13-0

Date: 2013-04-03
By, Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Tim Keene found guilty of influence of grand jurors, not guilty on other charges

Date: 2013-04-03
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Committee, citizens, Humane Society members discuss animal control issue

Date: 2013-04-03
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

A brief but long remembered speech

Date: 2013-04-03
By, Jack Swift  Full Story

The Trenthems learn the meaning of ‘This Old House’

Date: 2013-03-27
By: David Walter  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-03-27
In The Beginning Christian Day Care  Full Story

Lady Longhorns gain valuable experience in tourney

Date: 2013-03-27
The Lady Longhorns made the long trip down to Meigs County, Tennessee last week to play in one of several scheduled tournaments this season. Located between Knoxville and Chattanooga, the event gave the Lady Longhorns a unique opportunity to play against different levels of talent and get some extremely valuable time on the field.   Full Story

JCHS's Jacob Henson signs to join Milligan track team

Date: 2013-03-27
For Johnson County High School senior Jacob Henson, athletics always came naturally. Having played various sports throughout his school career, and contributing greatly to the high school golf and baseball teams, Henson still considers track and field to be his real passion. Focusing on the 100-meter dash and the long jump, the senior’s raw talent and long list of accomplishments made it no surprise to his family and coaches when he accepted a substantial scholarship from Milligan College last week to join their track team.  Full Story

Common Ground

Date: 2013-03-27
Quite illustrative of our common ground theme for this anniversary edition of The Tomahawk, an old tree weathered by mountain winds and storms stands adjacent to a fresh, young sapling. The old tree seems to be bending down, imparting wisdom of the ages to its young counterpart. The tender white pine leans in, eagerly drinking in every word from the experienced old man. Perhaps we, “home growns” and “transplants,” could take a valuable lesson from nature ... natives willing to share knowledge with new neighbors and newcomers anxious to benefit from the tests of time and experience ... each drawing strength from the nurturing mountain springs, earth and air. Photo by Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Butler Ruritans raise money with tasty contest

Date: 2013-03-27
On Saturday, March 23rd, the Ruritan Club of Butler, Tennessee held their third annual soup competition and fundraiser. The event also featured a benefit bingo and a 50/50 raffle. It was held at their meeting hall, just above the volunteer fire department on Piercetown Road.   Full Story

Stanley faces multiple charges relating to high-speed chase

Date: 2013-03-27
At approximately 11:00 pm on Thursday, March 21, 2013, units from Johnson County Sheriff’s office attempted to make a traffic stop on Route 67 after the vehicle was noticed traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver sped up when the officers turned on their sirens and he turned the headlights off in an attempt to evade law enforcement. The driver was identified as Brandon Michael Stanley. According to Sheriff Mike Reece, Stanley’s vehicle reached speeds up to 100 miles per hour. As officers approached the vehicle, it was reported Stanley once again attempted to take off towards the officer, who fired shots into the vehicle’s tires in an attempt to stop Stanley’s vehicle. Stanley was charged with felony evading by motor vehicle, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, two counts of reckless endangerment, reckless driving and driving on a revoked license. According to Reece, Stanley has been released on bond.  Full Story

Snow days must be made up

Date: 2013-03-27
Tuesday, March 26th marked the 18th snow day for Johnson County School students. Thirteen snow days are already built into the school year calendar, but an extension of time each day gives the school system additional days that are available to be used in case of inclement weather. The students have already made up two snow days this year. According to Johnson County Director of Schools, Morris Woodring, there is a possibility the School Board could consider tacking on additional days to the end of the school year. Tuesday and any future inclement weather days will need to be made up.  Full Story

Incumbents reseated in city election

Date: 2013-03-27
With two spots on the city council up for grabs, the Town of Mountain City held their municipal elections this past Saturday. Voters were given the option to select two out of three potential candidates listed on the ballot, choosing between incumbents Bud Crosswhite and Kenny Icenhour as well as former mayor Kevin Parsons. Turnout was light, with only 251 votes being cast out of the 1652 that were actually registered and eligible to do so.   Full Story

Asphalt plant concerns brought before commission; looking to outside lawyer to research legalities on issue

Date: 2013-03-27
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Judy Davis is a walking, talking miracle

Date: 2013-03-20
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

April is Autism Awareness Month

Date: 2013-03-20
By Paula Walter  Full Story

School Board approves ‘Kids Hope USA’ program

Date: 2013-03-20
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

April is Autism Awareness Month

Date: 2013-03-20
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Lake right-of-way issue tabled; subdivision plat approved

Date: 2013-03-20
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Horns have only three hits and one run against Jr. Bucs, lose 2-1

Date: 2013-03-20
Playing at East Tennessee State University’s newly built Thomas Stadium, the Longhorns were blessed with an increasingly rare, warm, bright, and  sunshiny evening perfect for playing ball. Unfortunately,  a near complete lack of offensive action against the University High Jr. Bucs ended up costing Johnson County their first loss of the season.   Full Story

Mixed performance by Lady Horns ends in 12-6 loss to University High

Date: 2013-03-20
Playing their first full game of the season after inclement weather postponed numerous scrimmages and practices, the Lady Longhorn Softball team had a mixed performance taking on the University High Lady Bucs at Indian Trail Middle School in Johnson City. A tough third inning ultimately cost Johnson County the game 6 runs to 12, but the final score didn’t necessarily reflect some of the strong plays on the field.   Full Story

Longhorns beat Patrick Henry 10-3

Date: 2013-03-20
Wild early spring weather has made getting the season going difficult for the Longhorns. After cancelling their first two conference games against Happy Valley and Unicoi last week, Johnson County settled for a non-conference trip to Glade Springs, Virginia to take on the Patrick Henry Rebels.   Full Story

JCHS Players performance of ‘The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940’ a success

Date: 2013-03-20
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-03-20
Shady Ruritan Sunrise Service March 31st  Full Story

Baseball is a great sport with an interesting history

Date: 2013-03-20
The Johnson County baseball and softball programs are well underway. With that in mind I decided to write this column about that grand ole’ sport and at the same time recognize softball, baseball’s close kin. Baseball has been around since before the American Civil War. Then it was called rounders. Over time it was through improved rules and regulations that it became the game it is today. Called the “national pastime,” baseball is highly popular in America. Baseball is popular in Japan and some other countries as well.   Full Story

A Healthy Journey

Date: 2013-03-14
By Angie Gambill  Full Story

Unplugged entertainment....does it still exist?

Date: 2013-03-13
Across the world, adults and children alike can be found glued to their televisions, video games, computers, laptops, electronic readers, iPads and cell phones. The majority of us are guilty of scrolling through our smart phones to check messages on social networks and responding to text messages while carrying on a face-to-face conversation with someone else. It has become the new norm for many. We have become a people dependent on technology not just for information and education, but also for entertainment.   Full Story

Old Dodge has a new owner

Date: 2013-03-13
Folks who read my column know I love to write about old cars because I have featured a few of them in this column. I Really enjoy seeing pictures of them and reading about them.   Full Story

Campbell continues to win in fight with thyroid cancer

Date: 2013-03-13
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Six County residents arrested on meth charges

Date: 2013-03-13
On Wednesday, February 27, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, along with Watauga County North Carolina deputies and Drug Enforcement Agency agents, arrested eight people on federal warrants. Six of those individuals were from Johnson County. These arrests stem from an investigation that began in 2008 into a methamphetamine-manufacturing ring.  Full Story

Multiple accidents on icy roads prompts questions to county road department

Date: 2013-03-13
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Fluoridated water debate continues

Date: 2013-03-13
Having discussed the city’s fluoridation of its water supply last month, Mountain City’s Town council listened to concerns and comments from the public at its most recent meeting, including several practicing dentists from the local area. After initially introducing the issue because of damage that the chemical causes to the water department’s pipes and pumps, Water Plant Manager Andy Garland was also on hand to give his concerns about continuing the fluoride supplements.  Full Story

Doe Mountain Authority continues with plans to get project up and running

Date: 2013-03-13
Only a few months into the process, the Doe Mountain Recreation Board of Authority (DMRA) discussed the last measures to fully become an incorporated entity in the state at this month’s meeting in Johnson City. Having already submitted a charter a couple of months ago, the board is now turning to finishing up its bylaws as quickly and efficiently as possible. With this essential step behind them, control of the mountain will move from its placeholder in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservancy to the full authority of the DMRA.   Full Story

County looks for continued success during 2013 Great American Cleanup campaign

Date: 2013-03-06
Keep America Beautiful’ s (KAB) Great American Cleanup began March 1.   Full Story

Substance abuse deaths rival vehicle fatality stats in state

Date: 2013-03-06
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Multiple arrests for check forgery, identity theft in area

Date: 2013-03-06
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Rep. Timothy Hill to open service office in Mtn. City

Date: 2013-03-06
State Representative Timothy Hill has announced the opening of the District Constituent Service Office. The grand opening will be held Friday March 8th at 10 A.M.  Full Story

Heritage Hall is committed to bringing arts to county

Date: 2013-03-06
By, Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2013-03-06
Donations needed  Full Story

The blizzard of 1996

Date: 2013-03-06
As I was looking through some old Tomahawk newspapers recently, one caught my eye due to the front-page headline in bold, half-inch letters that cried out “Blizzard’s Blast Buries Johnson County.” I have featured over time a number of columns about severe Johnson County weather from tornados to record low of temperatures but I don’t believe I have ever written about that particular phenomenon. If my memory is correct, we had only one rather deep snow in 1996: up to three feet according to the article in that January 10, 1996 paper written by former Tomahawk Associate Editor Lee Staiger. Lee retired before I did. She and her husband Bill now live in Florida. Another feature of the front page was a picture I had taken of the snow covering a bench that shows the snow to be about three feet in depth. It’s always interesting for me to critique my work of several years ago.   Full Story

Sarah Swift proves to be a leader for JCHS girls team

Date: 2013-03-06
Editor’s note: This article featuring Sarah Swift, was written by Tim Chambers, an Elizabethton Star writer, before the end-of-season tournament was held. Our thanks to Mr. Chambers and The Star for allowing us to reprint it in The Tomahawk.  Full Story

Youth League Scores

Date: 2013-03-06
C TEAM  Full Story

TN 2012-2013 hunting/fishing licenses expired

Date: 2013-03-06
Tennessee’s 2012-13 hunting and fishing licenses are now expired, as of the conclusion of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The new 2013-14 licenses went on sale Feb. 18 and are valid through February 2014.  Full Story

Baseball clinic for ages 7-12 this Saturday

Date: 2013-03-06
The annual Johnson County baseball clinic will be held this Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 AM at the Johnson County High School baseball field. Open to children ages 7 through 12, the event provides a unique opportunity for young fans who are interested in learning more about the sport. Participants will be rotated through several stations giving them valuable practice pitching, hitting, base running, working on infield defense, outfield defense, and in the catching position.  Coach Nicholas Perkins, who has been one of the key organizers for the past few years, commented on the clinic’s may benefits, both for the children and for the members of the Longhorn Baseball team, who serve as mentors.   Full Story

Winter's Icy Finger

Date: 2013-03-06
According to the calendar, spring will arrive later this month, but recent weather does not reflect the season.  Full Story

Swift fondly remembers Dewey Elementary School

Date: 2013-02-27
Recently I was reminiscing about my days at good old Dewey Elementary School. Dewey Elementary was just one of many one or two room schools dotting the Johnson County countryside. The late Ross D. Fritts, who served as Johnson County teacher or Superintendant of Schools for a number of years, authored a book in 1978 titled Development of Education in Johnson County Tennessee. I was honored to be asked to take some of the photographs for the book. In the book, Fritts relates the fact that 67 schools were at one time or another operating in the county. Almost every community had a school. When consolidation occurred, many were upset. They were not happy with their school being taken from their community, but I believe most of them eventually saw that it was for the best.   Full Story

Tag and Brag brings sportsmen into the twenty-first century

Date: 2013-02-27
In this modern age of Smart phones and Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, even the most remote regions of the world have become instantly accessible through electronic media, fueled by an intense desire to share our interests, our challenges, and our triumphs with friends and even perfect strangers. Now, thanks to the efforts of two brothers from Ohio, even hunting and fishing has been ushered into the technological age, as the newly founded Tag N’ Brag social site allows outdoors enthusiasts the chance to share their stories, pictures, videos, and tips with other hunters and anglers all around the world.   Full Story

Winter Pickin Party proves a successful fundraiser for United Way

Date: 2013-02-27
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Residents keeping watchful eye on new asphalt plant in Trade

Date: 2013-02-27
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Johnson County Criminal Court update

Date: 2013-02-27
Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, Jr. and Jamie Lynn Curd were previously charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth. The couple was found dead in their homes on January 31, 2012. Potter and Curd were charged with entering the home of Payne and Hayworth after Potter received a complaint from his daughter, accusing the couple of harassing and unfriending her on Facebook. Both men were indicted by the Grand Jury on July 27, 2012. Curd appeared in Johnson County Criminal Court on February 19, 2013 on a motion to ask Judge Blackwood to sever his case from Marvin Potter, Jr. At that time, no official action could be conducted as no court reporter was present. Both men are due to appear again in court on Thursday, February 28, 2012.  Full Story

Officials discuss potential safety project on Hwy. 67

Date: 2013-02-27
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Funding approved for computer update in Clerk of Court office

Date: 2013-02-27
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Inmates set fire at jail

Date: 2013-02-27
According to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Department press release issued on Monday, February 25, 2013, an incident in the county jail caused damage to a cellblock. According to Sheriff Mike Reece, inmates set fire to items in the cell. This led to a temporary evacuation and there were no injuries. The incident started last weekend and ended with a small fire being set Tuesday afternoon. The damage as a result of this action is in the thousands of dollars. According to Sheriff Reece, the fire was set with a lighter brought into the facility. An investigation is ongoing and possible charges are pending.  Full Story

The 'Gear Up' program is in full swing for Johnson County students

Date: 2013-02-20
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Swift fondly remembers Dewey Elementary School

Date: 2013-02-20
Recently I was reminiscing about my days at good old Dewey Elementary School. Dewey Elementary was just one of many one or two room schools dotting the Johnson County countryside. The late Ross D. Fritts, who served as Johnson County teacher or Superintendant of Schools for a number of years, authored a book in 1978 titled Development of Education in Johnson County Tennessee. I was honored to be asked to take some of the photographs for the book. In the book, Fritts relates the fact that 67 schools were at one time or another operating in the county. Almost every community had a school. When consolidation occurred, many were upset. They were not happy with their school being taken from their community, but I believe most of them eventually saw that it was for the best.   Full Story

Longhorns lose final game of regular season to Raiders

Date: 2013-02-20
A rescheduled game on account of snow earlier in the season put the Johnson County Longhorns in a good position for their upcoming district tournament bid. Picking up a last home game against Sullivan North Monday, Johnson County fans knew they would be facing the same team again Thursday night in Elizabethton. While the game came down to a very narrow two-point loss for the Longhorns, Head Coach Austin Atwood was confident that the match up would be beneficial in providing an opportunity to review his team’s mistakes in preparation for the real battle later in the week.   Full Story

Local Karate group brings home Gold

Date: 2013-02-20
Local Karate Group goes to FLA & Brings Home GOLD!  Full Story

Sullivan North knocks JCHS out of tourney in first game

Date: 2013-02-20
The Longhorns haven’t had much luck playing in Elizabethton, and that seemed to hold true even playing there against Sullivan North in the first round of the Three Rivers Conference District Tournament. Having nearly beaten the Raiders at home earlier in the week, fans were expecting a close match up, and for the first three quarters that’s largely what they got.   Full Story

Lady Horns lose in first round of tourney

Date: 2013-02-20
The Lady Longhorns began their first round of the Three Rivers Conference District Tournament against the Happy Valley Friday night in Elizabethton. After playing two close regular season games, Johnson County was ready to pull out all the stops against the Lady Warriors, and despite the fact that few other teams know Johnson County’s plays quite so well as Happy Valley, an exciting first three quarters seemed to spell out a Lady Longhorn victory.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-02-20
Donations needed  Full Story

Hammons and Vannoy sign with Alice Loyd

Date: 2013-02-20
After going farther than any team before them by reaching the state regional tournament last season, there is no surprise that this year’s crop of incoming senior baseball players has also had the most success in signing on to play at the college level. Judd Hammons and Jon Vannoy were the most recent to make the jump, officially signing with Alice Lloyd College last week in the Johnson County High School Media Center.   Full Story

B&W Growers will not return to Shady this year

Date: 2013-02-20
By Paula Walter  Full Story

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in TN

Date: 2013-02-20
With 2013 already setting a record for Middle Tennessee's second-highest month ever for tornado outbreaks, emergency managers, meteorologists and broadcasters are engaging in a coordinated campaign to promote Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb. 17, to Feb. 23, 2013.  Full Story

Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers for patients in county

Date: 2013-02-20
Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, there are many cancer patients today whose greatest challenge isn’t lack of treatment. It’s lack of transportation.   Full Story

JCHS graduation date set for May 18th

Date: 2013-02-20
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Bird Watchers' Paradise

Date: 2013-02-20
The High Country offers ample opportunities for bird watchers and photographers - especially in the winter when they flock to feeders.  Full Story

Careful sensitivity is needed for people with allergies

Date: 2013-02-13
It has been estimated that in the United States alone, there are approximately 15 million people who suffer from food allergies. Given those statistics, it seems that those who are fortunate not to have to worry about life-threatening reactions to many foods would be considerate of those who deal with this problem on a daily basis.  Full Story

Longhorns beat Unaka by one point

Date: 2013-02-13
 After losing a tough game against the Unicoi County Blue Devils the night before, the Longhorns were in desperate need for a shot in the arm coming into the gym at Unaka against the Rangers. The Saturday night matchup proved to be just what the doctor ordered, giving the Longhorns the chance to redeem themselves against a strong and talented opponent. Although they just narrowly came out on top in the end with a one-point victory at 56-55, Johnson County’s resolve and a strong performance by players like Brian Dempsey and Chase Phillips could be an invaluable boost of confidence as the district tournament approaches.  Full Story

Lady Horns soundly beat Unaka Rangers 49 to 38

Date: 2013-02-13
After struggling, fighting, and clawing their way to the very end of more games than they care to remember only to come up with a loss at the end of the night, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns finally did what they have been trying to do all season, significantly defeat a strong regional opponent. Having lost to the Unaka Lady Rangers earlier in the season at home, Johnson County was fired up as they came into Stoney Creek, playing a game that at times looked more like a wrestling match than it did a basketball game.   Full Story

Unicoi pulls out a one-point win over girls

Date: 2013-02-13
The Lady Longhorns continued to push the boundaries of just how close a game could get without ultimately pulling out a win as they took on the Unicoi Lady Blue Devils on their own turf last Friday night in Erwin. As has been the ever-present trend this season, Johnson County kept their opponents in their sights throughout the game, falling behind late in the third but then battling back again in the fourth.  Full Story

Blue Devils overwhelm Longhorns 62, 39

Date: 2013-02-13
The Longhorns simply did not have a good night on Friday in Erwin against the Unicoi County Blue Devils. After battling to a two-point loss in their last match up at home, fans expected a close game, but were disappointed to find a weak offense giving way to an energized Unicoi defense, turning over the ball as a result and failing to control the rebound.  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2013-02-13
This week's church announcements  Full Story

This Valentine's Day remember why you fell in love

Date: 2013-02-13
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

The field of mathematics is fascinating and complex

Date: 2013-02-13
I’m no mathematician but that doesn’t stop me from being interested in the magic of numbers and some of the rules that apply to them. I want to make it clear at the outset of this column that I’m not an expert in that very important subject. I just want to convey to my readers some of my fascination of the field, as I understand it.  Full Story

Mr. Mike is honored for years of ministry to area kids

Date: 2013-02-13
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Doe Mountain Board discusses legal issues, funding, polices, user fees, etc.

Date: 2013-02-13
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Downtown activities during business hours limited to Sunflower Festival

Date: 2013-02-13
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Caleb Courtner's timeless music speaks older than his years

Date: 2013-02-06
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-02-06
Donations needed  Full Story

It's our human interactions that formulate our environment and character

Date: 2013-02-06
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

JCHS girls lose final game of season to Sullivan East

Date: 2013-02-06
It was an emotional night at Johnson County High School, as the Lady Longhorns honored their three senior players. Like so many games before, the final score came down to a disappointing loss against the visiting Lady Patriots from Sullivan East, but the end results aside, all eyes were on the individual players.   Full Story

Unicoi squeaks past Longhorns

Date: 2013-02-06
As the season wears down the Longhorns have only had tougher challenges to overcome. Picking up a postponed game against the Unicoi County Blue Devils last Monday, Johnson County made it very clear that the workload is paying off. Fighting tooth and nail for control, the two teams took the final win right down to the last second, and even then it looked like the Longhorns might come out on top. A last play that might have made the difference in the final outcome did not find its way to the net, bringing Johnson County just two points shy of a win at 44-46.   Full Story

Boys lose to Sullivan East

Date: 2013-02-06
After being handed a tough defeat at the hands of Sullivan East earlier in the season, there were few who anticipated the strong Senior Night showing that the Longhorns played at home last Friday. Staying right with their opponents through the first three quarters, the Longhorns were actually leading at several points against the highest ranked team in the conference.   Full Story

Girls lose to Unicoi by a goal

Date: 2013-02-06
In a season full of close games, the Lady Longhorns took the cake last week, playing in a match-up against the visiting Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils that literally came down to the last second. Never more than five points apart, and with the lead changing hands multiple times across all four quarters, Johnson County fought for every possession putting on a performance that went beyond anyone’s expectations. Knowing that Unicoi has had such a strong season, even going so far as to beat Elizabethton in double digits, no one could believe just how close the Lady Longhorns came to topping their opponent.   Full Story

Snow and cold temperatures are upon us

Date: 2013-02-06
Well, I told anyone who would listen that we would pay for all those unseasonal warm spring-like days we had and the weather we’ve had the last three or four days proves me right. As I’m writing this column, snow is coming down with already about six inches of the white stuff on the ground. It sure has been cold for the last few days too.   Full Story

Inclement weather closes schools for the eleventh day

Date: 2013-02-06
By Angie Gambill  Full Story

DOD executive tells Nightline success story at recent conference

Date: 2013-02-06
Lieutenant General William Phillips, Principal Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), included Nightline, Inc. of Mountain City, TN in his presentation at the recent Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry (APBI) conference held at Aberdeen, Maryland. LTG Phillips told the audience of senior military and business executives that Nightline “ is a small company, started by just a couple of folks, now doing world wide effort on both military and commercial versions of night vision devices.” He further stated that Nightline “began this work in support of CECOM and Night Vision Labs and has become World Class in providing night vision devices”.  Full Story

Hill holds town hall meeting

Date: 2013-02-06
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

A Cardinal's Life

Date: 2013-01-30
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-01-30
Donations needed  Full Story

A Tribute to the memory of Milas Shoun

Date: 2013-01-30
Many times when the subject of Johnson County sports figures arises, the name Clyde (Hardrock) Shoun comes to mind. Hardrock was an outstanding baseball player. Born and raised right here in Johnson County, he used his rocketing fastball to carve out a great career when he was in the Major Leagues. As far as I know, he was the only man from Johnson County to attain Major League status. While playing for Cincinnati, he hurled a no-hitter in 1944 against the Boston Braves.   Full Story

Longhorns pull off big win over Happy Valley team

Date: 2013-01-30
The Longhorns got off to a rough start in Happy Valley last week, but managed to pull together in the second half to come away with a second big win against the Warriors this season. With their full roster back in play, both Chase Kleine and Chase Phillips made a strong effort to stay in the mix as players like Dalton Timbs, Brian Dempsey, and J.R. Speed demonstrated just how much they have improved over the past few weeks.   Full Story

Lady Warriors beat Lady Longhorns by eight points

Date: 2013-01-30
With the Lady Warriors becoming increasingly familiar with Johnson County’s style and techniques, head Coach Todd Whittemore made some big changes at Tuesday night’s game in Happy Valley. Leaving much of the team’s staple players on the bench, the coach pushed several of the younger members of the team into the mix and switched up many of the usual positions in an effort to confuse and disorient their opponents.  Full Story

Longhorns trounce Tri-Cities Christian 72-49

Date: 2013-01-30
The Longhorns were on a roll against the Tri-Cities Christain Golden Eagles last week. Even playing on their home turf there was little the Eagles could do to slow Johnson County down and despite having two strong players on their team, Tri-Cities was forced to face off against a fully loaded team of Longhorns.   Full Story

Girls win big against Tri-Cities

Date: 2013-01-30
Brooke Brown was on fire against the Tri-Cities Christian Lady Golden Eagles last week, blowing past their best defense with a number of commanding three pointers mixed in with a storm of successful hook shots. In fact, Brown alone scored more than Tri-Cities could muster as a team, coming up with 35 of the Lady Longhorns 71 total points.  Full Story

MEC using helicopters to trim timber around power lines

Date: 2013-01-30
Mountain Electric Cooperative(MEC) recently chose approximately a two and a half mile stretch of right of way in the Sutherland region of the county to use a helicopter equipped with an aerial tree trimming saw that cuts and trims trees along this isolated area. This small community runs along Route 133 on the way from Damascus, Virginia towards Shady Valley, Tennessee. Although this is a first time endeavor for MEC, this is widely used practice in the industry to reach inaccessible trimming.  Full Story

Celebration of Hope to light up downtown

Date: 2013-01-30
The inaugural Celebration of Hope event is set in Johnson County to commemorate the American Cancer Society’s 100th year of saving lives from cancer.   Full Story

Postage rates increase again to cover revenue lost to Internet use

Date: 2013-01-30
The United States Postal Service(USPS) has implemented an increase in postal rates that went into effect on Sunday, January 27, 2013. While first class postage rose from 45 to 46 cents, priority mail flat rates have risen significantly more.   Full Story

Grant available to women in agriculture in Johnson County

Date: 2013-01-30
The Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture or BRWIA is an organization based out of Boone, North Carolina. Though BRWIA is based in Boone, the grant and educational programs cater to many surrounding areas, including Johnson County.   Full Story

Road repairs main topic of discussion for commissioners

Date: 2013-01-30
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Flooding in Johnson County

Date: 2013-01-23
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk to see pictures from various parts of Johnson County during the recent flood.  Full Story

The Civil War in East Tennesssee and Johnson County

Date: 2013-01-23
The awful American Civil War raged from 1861 until 1865. Although the state of Tennessee seceded from the Union, several counties of East Tennessee for the most part remained loyal to the Union. Johnson County was one such county. Prior to Tennessee’s secession a vote was taken and Johnson County voted 787 to 111 not to secede.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-01-23
Is your child signed up for CBM’s Mailbox Club?  Full Story

Hilliard asks "What's with all the unnecessary pomp and circumstance?"

Date: 2013-01-23
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Flood water damages roads and property throughout area

Date: 2013-01-23
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Harry Rosenberg is still missing

Date: 2013-01-23
Authorities have informed The Tomahawk that Harry Rosenberg is still missing. Rosenberg was last seen making his way into the Cherokee National Forest during a routine afternoon walk on Sunday, January 13. Rosenberg was heading into the forest via the access road at the end of Gentry Creek Road in Laurel Bloomery.  Full Story

Rep. Hill appointed to House Committees

Date: 2013-01-23
Representative Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) was appointed to three House Committees on Thursday, including the powerful Health Committee. Hill will also be serving on the Business and Utilities Committee, and the only freshmen on the prestigious Calendar and Rules Committee.  Full Story

Travis Grindstaff wins gold medal in sky diving

Date: 2013-01-23
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Doe Mountain logo contest open to Johnson County middle and high school students

Date: 2013-01-23
The Doe Mountain Board of Authority is seeking an official seal and logo to be created by a Johnson County middle or high school student. The 8,600 acre mountain, Doe Mountain located here in Johnson County will be used by hikers, mountain bikers, horseback and off-road-vehicle riders and will draw tourists from around the region, the state, the southeast, the country, and indeed the world. The chosen artwork will be the official seal and logo used in all Doe Mountain Outdoor Adventure Tourism promotion, marketing and advertising, both web and print. In an effort to create a visual means of association with Doe Mountain for marketing purposes, the inclusion of mountains and possibly a doe (a female deer), as well as hikers, mountain bicycle, horseback, and OHV riders might be appropriate, i.e. think about “Apple” and how just the image of the bitten apple leaves no doubt about the brand. Please keep in mind that often times, a simple logo carries more weight than does anything too busy, detailed, or complicated. The intended outcome should be a logo that will be appropriate for internet and print advertising (remembering the importance of visual association), for billboard advertising, t-shirts, hats, hoodies, bumper-stickers, and other paraphernalia; for letterhead, brochures, trailhead signage, and any other means of promoting Doe Mountain as Tennessee’s number one destination for outdoor adventure tourism.   Full Story

Cloudland-JCHS final score close, but Longhorns come out on top

Date: 2013-01-23
With four late game three pointers in a row, Dalton Timbs helped lead the Johnson County Longhorns to one of their biggest yet closest wins of the season against the visiting Cloudland Highlanders last week. Playing a tough first half, Timbs and other high scorers like Brian Dempsey, Chris Poteet, and J.R. Speed had managed a whopping 15 point lead by the third quarter only to have their victory nearly taken from them thanks to a series of tough foul calls early in the fourth. The Longhorns were able to hold on, closing out the night two points ahead of the Highlanders at 71-69.  Full Story

Lady Longhorns come up short against Cloudland, losing by ten

Date: 2013-01-23
A slow start robbed the Lady Longhorns of what could have been their first huge win for the season against the Cloudland Lady Highlanders last Monday night. Scoring only six points to Cloudland’s 16 in that first period, Johnson County was forced to trail the Highlanders all the way down to the last minute of the game, despite cutting it to just five points late in the fourth quarter.  Full Story

Girls lose to Lady Cyclones 66-52

Date: 2013-01-23
After losing to Cloudland because of a poor first quarter showing, the Lady Longhorns were able to display much more consistency against the visiting Lady Cyclones. Although Johnson County played much better overall, the level of competition coming out of Elizabethton was also much higher, resulting in yet another narrow defeat.  Full Story

Longhorns suffer big defeat at the hands of Elizabethton

Date: 2013-01-23
The Johnson County Longhorns were handed their toughest defeat this season in a runaway home game against the visiting Elizabethton Cyclones. Unable to knock down a solid bucket until late in the first quarter, Johnson County was left reeling as their opponents flew past them to a very early nine-point lead.   Full Story

Exercise is good for whatever ails you

Date: 2013-01-16
Magazines, books, the Internet and even television commercials are packed with information touting the benefits of exercise for both our physical health and emotional wellbeing.  As the size of America’s waistline has increased and its population consists of millions of aging baby boomers, there appears to be an influx of activities to promote healthy bodies and minds. As it turns out, Johnson Countians have an abundance of activities designed to get them up and moving close to home.  Full Story

Old editions of The Tomahawk offer some interesting reading

Date: 2013-01-16
As those of you who read my column know, I love to dig into my collection of old newspapers just to pick out one and read the stories and note the advertisements therein. You guessed it. This column is a result of another “discovery.” As I talk with folks around Johnson County, one of the subjects brought up most in conversations is old times in the county and Mountain City. With that in mind, I chose a January 6, 1910 edition of The Tennessee Tomahawk. The name of the newspaper was printed in bold ½ inch letters at the top of the front page. It was a six-column newspaper and it was the second name of the long running paper that is still going strong today. It was originally called The Taylorsville Reporter.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-01-16
January Released Time Schedule  Full Story

JCMS eighth grade boys lose to Hampton, but seventh graders win

Date: 2013-01-16
Both Johnson County boys Middle School teams had very successful games against the Hampton Bulldogs, an especially surprising feat considering the huge fan turnout on the road.  While the eighth grade team ultimately came up a few points short of the win, Coach Larry Grindstaff had only praises for his players’ effort.   Full Story

JCMS 8th grade girls beat Hampton, 7th graders lose

Date: 2013-01-16
Johnson County Middle School had a big night at Hampton last week. The seventh grade girl’s JV team kicked off the evening with a strong fourth quarter performance that came up just short of the win at 19-23. With the notable exception of the first quarter, Johnson County did very well holding back the Lady Bulldogs and putting up enough points to stay in the game all the way down to the last minute.   Full Story

Schools second semester underway

Date: 2013-01-16
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Ronnie Perkins, long-time county advocate, dies last week

Date: 2013-01-16
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Vote in our Readers' Choice Awards

Date: 2013-01-16
Where can you find the most scrumptious dessert in town? Who do you trust to keep your car running smoothly? Who always makes your hair look just the way you want it to?   Full Story

Narrow defeat for Lady Longhorns by Sullivan East

Date: 2013-01-16
The Lady Longhorns may have played their best and most intense game of the season last week at Sullivan East. Like a high-energy dance, the girls knew their parts and they played them well. An extremely fast paced game that moved fluidly through all four quarters, Johnson County turned a tough conference match up against the Lady Patriots into a race to the finish line. Even though like so many games before, the Lady Longhorns came away with an extremely close defeat, no one who saw the game could contest their ability to play the sport.   Full Story

Horns battle hard but ultimately lose to Hampton

Date: 2013-01-16
The Longhorns began a tough week on the road against the Hampton Bulldogs last Monday night. With Hampton fans packing both sides of the gym, the atmosphere was anything but what Johnson County needed. Yet, despite that fact the Longhorns did very well in the first half, pulling a nine point lead by the end of the first quarter and trailing by just one point at half time.   Full Story

Warmest year on record sparks closer look at climate change

Date: 2013-01-16
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Hampton hands loss to JCHS girls

Date: 2013-01-16
It was a very difficult atmosphere for the Lady Longhorns as Hampton fans packed the bleachers last week in a fierce on the road loss. Despite the disadvantage, Johnson County put up a strong fight that saw them actually lead in the first quarter only to fall behind the rest of the way.   Full Story

Longhorn suffer big loss to Sullivan East

Date: 2013-01-16
Taking on possibly the most talented team in the conference, the Johnson County Longhorns were faced with one of their toughest games this season as they traveled to Bluff City to take on the Sullivan East Patriots. With Chase Phillips, one of the Longhorn’s best shooters, still on the injured list, even Coach Austin Atwood admitted the odds were against a win.   Full Story

New computers for Court Clerk’s office should improve efficiency

Date: 2013-01-16
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

82-year-old man still missing in Laurel Bloomery

Date: 2013-01-14
The search continues for 82-year-old Harry Rosenberg. Rosenberg was reported missing in the late afternoon on Sunday, January 13, when he did not return home from his evening walk.   Full Story

IRS will begin accepting federal returns January 22

Date: 2013-01-09
The holidays have come and gone. It’s a brand new year. Ready or not, the tax season is upon us and April 15th looms just ahead. As Benjamin Franklin reminded Americans more than 220 years ago, the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes.  Full Story

The Historical Society holds a plethora of knowledge within their publications

Date: 2013-01-09
The Johnson County Historical Society was officially organized in November 1977 and has continued as a beacon, guiding area citizens and others as well toward perhaps a greater interest in the history of Johnson County than they had before. My wife Mary and I have been members of the organization several years and we have enjoyed participating in its activities. While serving as president in 1993, I learned that more and more folks are tracing their family trees and becoming more interested in the history of this area.  Full Story

Officials take new security precautions at local schools

Date: 2013-01-09
By Angie Gambill  Full Story

Lady Horns squeak by with one point over Sevier

Date: 2013-01-09
With one win and two close losses behind them, the Lady Longhorns made every effort to close out their tournament run at Daniel Boone High School on a good note. While things didn’t look too favorable as Johnson County first took to the court against the Sevier County Bearettes, a slow first half soon gave way to one of the closest games the Longhorns have played yet. Miraculously this time Johnson County came out on top.   Full Story

Longhorns gain experience in Orlando tournament

Date: 2013-01-09
The Johnson County Longhorn basketball team had a very special holiday vacation last week, traveling to sunny Orlando Florida to compete in the St. Mary’s Tournament against an entirely different level of talent than what they have seen at home. While Johnson County might not have pulled out any huge victories, head Coach Austin Atwood was quick to point out that the real value was in what the trip could mean for the Longhorns later this season. “We had a good time,” Atwood said. “It was a good experience for the kids. It got a lot of time on the court for our guys who don’t usually get much. Patrick South got a lot of good, valuable experience. Chris Poteet, River Cazire, those guys got to play a lot of minutes. That’s the real impact, getting some of our other guys experience against really good teams. There was a lot of high pressure. J.R. Speed got a lot of chances at handling the ball against good quality Division 1 guards and did a pretty good job.”   Full Story

Lady Horns lose to Cherokee again

Date: 2013-01-09
For the second time this season the Lady Longhorns were unable to pull off a win against the Cherokee Lady Chiefs from Rogersville. Having played a very poor first half against the same opponent at a Happy Valley Thanksgiving tournament only to battle back within a couple of points by the fourth quarter, the Lady Longhorns were determined to keep up from the very first possession. While Johnson County was able to put up a steady stream of baskets throughout the game, this match up did not have the big end of the game rally that was needed to take and hold the lead.   Full Story

Foster families needed in county

Date: 2013-01-09
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Experts say autism is not connected to violent acts

Date: 2013-01-09
By Paula Walter  Full Story

City starts new year with business as usual

Date: 2013-01-09
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Girls lose to Seymour during tourney at Daniel Boone

Date: 2013-01-09
The Lady Longhorns continued their bid in the Johnson City Honda Trailblazer Invitational Tournament at Daniel Boone High School last week in a second round game against the Seymour Lady Eagles. Located between Knoxville and Sevierville on highway 411, Seymour came into the tournament with a strong reputation for playing tough and aggressive, a point they proved in their first quarter against Johnson County.   Full Story

Tough three-point loss for boys to Sullian North

Date: 2013-01-09
With a couple of their key players missing in action, the Longhorns had their hands full in Kingsport Friday night against the Sullivan North Golden Raiders. Even so, several players from Johnson County stepped up to help keep their team in the game all the way down to the last few seconds. Dalton Timbs, Brian Dempsey, and J.R. Speed created a formidable offense in answer to talented players like Chase Arnold from Sullivan North.   Full Story

Girls blow past Raiders, winning 69-14

Date: 2013-01-09
aIn their first real blowout of the season the Lady Longhorns blasted past the Sullivan North Lady Raiders in a game they dominated from start to finish. Because North has only young players, Johnson County kept seniors Sarah Swift and Kristin Roark off the court, but with Brooke Brown, Brionna Reece, Mary Taylor, and Brandy Dugger leading the way, Johnson County was able to put up 24 points before the Lady Raiders even got on the board. Even then, North’s first point was a free throw. Coupled with a single bucket at just 21 seconds left in the period, the first quarter finished up with a huge Johnson County lead at 26-3.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2013-01-09
Donations needed  Full Story

An American New Year

Date: 2013-01-02
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Politicians use tragedies to push their agenda

Date: 2013-01-02
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Lady Horns make Highlanders earn their win, 46-33

Date: 2013-01-02
Even against some of the best teams in the region, the Lady Longhorns have proven that they have what it takes to compete, even if their season record doesn’t reflect their actual ability. Going up against the Cloudland Lady Highlanders, and possibly the best local player around, Brooke Rhodes, the Lady Longhorns gave it their all, making even this formidable opponent work for their win.   Full Story

Tips for staying warm and safe in the winter months

Date: 2013-01-02
By Rebecca Barnhart-Allan  Full Story

Longhorns squeak by with a close but solid win over rival Bulldogs

Date: 2013-01-02
In a game that eerily paralleled their recent match up against the Unaka Rangers, the Johnson County Longhorns were able to turn the tables and squeak by with a close but solid win over the visiting Hampton Bulldogs. Staying just barely ahead of one of their biggest rivals, the Longhorns truly pulled out a team effort with every player doing his part. In the end, even with a few costly mistakes along the way, Johnson County was able to secure just enough points to put the game away.   Full Story

Another comeback for girls but stil not enough to win

Date: 2013-01-02
The curse of narrow defeats that has plagued the Lady Longhorns all season struck again last week in a very close fourth quarter comeback that simply did not have enough time to gain Johnson County the win over local rivals, the Hampton Lady Bulldogs. “We played well the fourth quarter tonight,” said head coach Todd Whittemore. “The problem is that we didn’t play well the other three.”  Full Story

GriefShare support group offered locally

Date: 2013-01-02
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Two arrested for burglary; ongoing investigation

Date: 2013-01-02
On Christmas Eve Investigators from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office were called to Blue Ridge Towing in Laurel in reference to a breaking and entering. Upon arrival they discovered that someone had entered the business and stolen a large amount of tools. Sheriff Mike Reece says the value of the items is in the thousands of dollars. Investigation into the incident led to the arrest of two people. Kevin Mark Buchanan was charged with burglary, theft of property over $10,000, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and a Capias charging him with failure to appear in Carter County Court. Investigators also charged Jacob Ray Rash with burglary, theft of property over $10,000, possession of stolen property, and false information to a police officer.   Full Story

Doe Mountain project meets with early conflict

Date: 2013-01-02
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Lady Horns capture win in Daniel Boone tourney

Date: 2013-01-02
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns finally got the break they had long been looking for in their first round at the third Annual Johnson City Honda Trail Blazer Invitational at Daniel Boone High School. Playing against a selection of some of the best talent in the region, the Lady Longhorns were given the opportunity to try out some of their best plays against teams who had never experienced them in action. This was the case when they came out against the Greenback Lady Cherokees, from just south of Maryville.   Full Story

Taste of winter

Date: 2013-01-02
A weathered barn stands amongst early winter snow drift in Laurel Bloomery.  Full Story

B. Carroll Reece served well in war and in Congress

Date: 2012-12-26
As I was growing up in Johnson County and was around folks talking politics, it seem to me as I reflect on those times that the one name that I heard mentioned most was Congressman B. Carroll Reece. I think it is fair to say that he was well liked by his constituents. His re-election so many times is proof enough. He became an institution as Representative from the First Congressional District that included Johnson County. He was elected as a republican to the Sixty-Seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 to March 3, 1931). He failed to win re-election in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress but he was elected to the Seventy-third and to the six succeeding Congresses.  Full Story

Longhorns suffer a tough last-second loss to Unaka

Date: 2012-12-26
The Johnson County Longhorns had a surprisingly difficult battle against the visiting Unaka Rangers last Tuesday night, culminating in a very disappointing last second loss. Control of the game was back and forth as both teams put up an intensely physical effort to get the win. Unaka had an ace up its sleeve with a strong three point shooter who had uncanny accuracy, racking up six long range shots from the left side corner throughout the night.   Full Story

Another close defeat for ladies to Rangers

Date: 2012-12-26
Facing the Unaka Lady Rangers at home, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns continued the frustrating pattern of close call defeats that have plagued them so far this season. In yet another close game, Johnson County put up an excellent fight, even carrying an 11-point lead late in the third quarter, only to come up just a handful of points short in the end.   Full Story

JCHS students reach out to victims with music on YouTube

Date: 2012-12-26
When Johnson County High School Spanish teacher Jennifer Gillenwater received the news of the massacre of 20 innocent children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week, she reacted as most of us did. She sought to understand how such a nightmare could be real, attempting in vain to wrap her mind around the horrible events that had taken place on December 14, 2012. Finally her shock and disbelief turned to a search for an outlet for the emotions churning inside her. The next day she penned these words…  Full Story

Laurel School receives some unexpected gifts

Date: 2012-12-26
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Food pantry services for Johnson Countians in need

Date: 2012-12-26
The following contains information regarding food pantries located in Johnson County. Please verify days, times of service and any personal information you need to provide to each of the different locations as they are subject to change.  Full Story

Representative Hill speaks to commissioners

Date: 2012-12-26
Newly elected state representative Timothy Hill made an appearance at last week’s monthly county commission meeting. Officially introducing himself for the first time since winning the election, Hill expressed his appreciation and willingness to work with local officials, explaining that his door is always open and that he welcomes any questions or concerns that the members of the commission or any county official may have. Hill went on to say that even at this early stage he had already been working on very important issues in Johnson County ranging from roads and bridges to animal control and working with local veterans. Wrapping up his speech to the commission, Hill closed by saying that he was excited about the opportunity to represent Johnson County and was ready to get to work in Nashville.   Full Story

Johnson Countians visit Israel on mission trip

Date: 2012-12-19
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been on going since the early 20th century. As persecution against the Jewish people increased in Europe toward the end of the 1800’s, it saw the rise of a movement to establish a homeland in Palestine, located in the Middle East. As the number of Jewish people moved to the area, the tensions began to increase in the Holy Land. The conflict over borders, control of Jerusalem, Israelis and refugees are just a few of the on-going problems that continue to this day. Fighting once again broke out in the region while a group of 13 from Johnson County recently made their way to visit the land where Jesus Christ lived and was crucified.  Full Story

Jack Swift shares a few thoughts about writing

Date: 2012-12-19
It is interesting how life turns out. If someone had expressed the opinion while I was a student at Johnson County High School that they felt that I would probably spend forty years in which writing would be a large part in my life, I probably would have laughed at that idea. My concentration in high school was more toward mathematics and science. Both those still interest me, but I have been long a student of writing. Before I came to work at the Tomahawk, I wasn’t thinking about words and their consequences. But my interest in words became a crash course when Derl and Gladys McCloud hired me in 1973 to work for them. It was awhile before I was entrusted to begin writing sports but after that, writing became a part of my duties at the paper. It then became a must for me to learn as much about proper and appropriate word usage as I could.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-12-19
Donations needed  Full Story

Johnson County hands Sullivan Central a sound loss

Date: 2012-12-19
The Johnson County Longhorns continued to rack up some good experience on the road, traveling this past weekend to Sullivan East to play against the Sullivan Central Cougars. The whole first half was a struggle to maintain control, culminating in a tenuous one-point lead for the Longhorns at halftime. Yet, thanks to a good deal of determination and a big turn around from their offense, Johnson County blasted ahead at the beginning of the second half to ultimately secure a strong win over their opponents.   Full Story

Lady Horns play close game with Volunteer but lose by ten

Date: 2012-12-19
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns have had a very tough season so far, falling into a pattern where very few of their games were more than 10 points away from a win, and the vast majority within reach all the way down to the last minute. That was the way Johnson County’s first match up against the Lady Falcons from Volunteer High School went; even playing on their home court didn’t seem to change much when the two teams faced off again last week in Mountain City.   Full Story

A bittersweet victory for Longhorns over Volunteer

Date: 2012-12-19
It was a solemn and emotionally charged night for the Longhorns as they kicked off their first game of the week last Thursday at home against the Volunteer Falcons. Playing through a very tough game, the real challenge for many of the players and especially Brian Dempsey had nothing to do with basketball.   Full Story

Bigger TN High team wins over JCHS

Date: 2012-12-19
The Longhorns had a tall order to fill on their second night in a row playing at Sullivan East High School. Taking on the larger, higher ranked Tennessee High Vikings Johnson County still made an impressive showing despite coming up short of the win. “We gave ourselves a chance to win if we could have just cut the thing to 8 or 6 instead of 10 the whole time,” said head Coach Austin Atwood. “They had a battle last night with East and it was emotional, it was physical. We knew they were spent and I felt that if we could have just cut that thing to 6 or so we might have got a break in the end.”  Full Story

I'll be home for Christmas - you can count on me

Date: 2012-12-19
By Craig "Coach" Harper  Full Story

Local entrepreneurs develop 'Nut Job' auto detailing tool

Date: 2012-12-19
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Morris Woodring's Director of Schools contract renewed

Date: 2012-12-19
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Jones receives no jail time due to age and failing health

Date: 2012-12-19
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

The most powerful Christmas wishes have little to do with materialism

Date: 2012-12-12
For most of you that know måe, you know that I can be a chatterbox. There are times I am quiet, especially if I don’t know you well. I drove my poor parents insane with constant questions, and if they were alive today, I am sure they would think I had found my true calling as a reporter.  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-12-12
Jonathan Buckner and ‘Chosen Road’ at Rainbow Mennonite  Full Story

Johnson County High School Players perform 'A Christmas Story'

Date: 2012-12-12
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Ryan Mahala signs to play baseball for Milligan

Date: 2012-12-12
After having a stellar year last season with the JCHS baseball team, it was no surprise that bigger and better things were in store for star pitcher, Ryan Mahala. This proved especially true after Mahala received the opportunity to sign on with the Milligan College Buffaloes last week. Coach Nathan Mead made the trip to Mountain City to make the decision official and to welcome the newest member of his team.   Full Story

Lady Horns stay close to Cyclones through third, but lose in the end

Date: 2012-12-12
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns continue to show what a tough team they are as they played a close first half against an extremely talented lineup of Elizabethton Lady Cyclones in their own gym. In fact, despite having the odds against them, the Lady Longhorns were able to keep a victory well within reach all the way up to the end of the third quarter. Even when things obviously weren’t going their way in the fourth, the girls never backed down, making the Lady Cyclones earn their win.   Full Story

Horns dominate from start to finish and win over Warriors

Date: 2012-12-12
It’s not too often that the Johnson County Longhorns dominate a game from start to finish when coming up against a strong conference opponent, but that’s exactly what happened last week when they faced off with the visiting Happy Valley Warriors. The Longhorns were on fire in the first quarter, jumping ahead by nine points before the warriors could even get on the scoreboard. Strong offensive performances from Chase Phillips, Brian Dempsey, and Dalton Timbs paved the way while an impressive showing on the defense kept Happy Valley right where Johnson County wanted them.  Full Story

Physical girls game gives win to Happy Valley over Horns

Date: 2012-12-12
It’s not too often that the Johnson County Longhorns dominate a game from start to finish when coming up against a strong conference opponent, but that’s exactly what happened last week when they faced off with the visiting Happy Valley Warriors. The Longhorns were on fire in the first quarter, jumping ahead by nine points before the warriors could even get on the scoreboard. Strong offensive performances from Chase Phillips, Brian Dempsey, and Dalton Timbs paved the way while an impressive showing on the defense kept Happy Valley right where Johnson County wanted them.  Full Story

Horns fall hard to Cyclones

Date: 2012-12-12
After playing such a strong game against the Happy Valley Warriors earlier in the week, it was as though someone had pulled the plug on the Longhorns against the Elizabethton Cyclones. The fire and spirit that fans saw at home was simply gone in Elizabethton. The normally strong defense did little to hold the Cyclones back and the few points that Johnson County were able to gain did not come easy, especially in the first half.  Full Story

Rare skin disorder does not stop this little fighter

Date: 2012-12-12
Article reprinted courtesy of Mtn States Health Alliance  Full Story

Exploring holiday traditions

Date: 2012-12-12
Across the United States, there are many Christmas traditions that Americans follow, some that date as far back as the Middle Ages. Many of these cultural practices were brought with the wave of immigrants who came to the shores of America. For many of their descendants, the practices of their ancestors are still an important part of the holidays.  Full Story

Improvements made in Ward-Shull Cemetery

Date: 2012-12-12
For many years Avery Branch Road, located in the Neva area of Johnson County, held a secret. Traveling up and down that quiet country road, most people except those who lived in the area probably would not know there was a cemetery on a hill only a few yards from the road. In former years it was neglected and it became a tangle of briars, weeds and bushes. Some of the graves had sunk, gravestones had fallen and restoration might have seemed impossible.   Full Story

Relay for Life will move to downtown on May 17

Date: 2012-12-12
With the holiday season closing in, the members of Mountain City’s Board of Mayor and Alderman all expressed their appreciation for the city’s employees and wished everyone a Merry Christmas at their December monthly meeting. During his comments to the board, Vice Mayor Jerry Jordan noted that the recent Christmas Parade had been a big success and that he had received several positive comments, a fact that he attributed to the hard work of the police, fire, and other departments that helped to ensure the event went smoothly.   Full Story

Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade a success

Date: 2012-12-05
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Dwight D. Eisenhower: A man for his time

Date: 2012-12-05
As I look back in my memory at the presidents that have served the American people from the time I was old enough to remember some of their work and some general things about them, a few stand out in my memory. President Dwight David Eisenhower is one of them.   Full Story

Christmas parade a success

Date: 2012-12-05
The Grinch makes his debut at the Christmas parade in Mountain City Saturday. Although Christmas seems to still be on the schedule for December 25th, the green goblin definitely stole the hearts of parade goers.   Full Story

Horns take third in tourney with win over John Battle

Date: 2012-12-05
After coming out with a strong win earlier in the week against the Holston Cavaliers, the Johnson County Longhorns geared up for possibly the biggest challenge they would face in the annual Tip-Off Classic at John Battle High School in Bristol. The Cloudland Highlanders have a reputation as a strong team, and despite the Longhorns’ best efforts, a short slip up in the third quarter was all it took for their opponents to plow their way to a win.   Full Story

Cloudland plows their way to win over Longhorns

Date: 2012-12-05
After coming out with a strong win earlier in the week against the Holston Cavaliers, the Johnson County Longhorns geared up for possibly the biggest challenge they would face in the annual Tip-Off Classic at John Battle High School in Bristol. The Cloudland Highlanders have a reputation as a strong team, and despite the Longhorns’ best efforts, a short slip up in the third quarter was all it took for their opponents to plow their way to a win.   Full Story

Judge denies judicial diversion to Kelly Horne

Date: 2012-12-05
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Cancer Society makes hats, wigs for patients available in Johnson County

Date: 2012-12-05
A new service will be available to cancer patients in Johnson County with the help of the American Cancer Society and the Society’s local advocates.   Full Story

Buoy maintenance necessitates lowering of lake water levels

Date: 2012-12-05
By Rebecca Barnhart-Allan  Full Story

Criminal court case updates

Date: 2012-12-05
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Huge win for Lady Horns in first home game, 52-28

Date: 2012-12-05
The Lady Longhorns took center stage last week in their first home game of the season, blowing past the visiting Lady Golden Eagles from Tri-Cities Christian in a huge 54-28 win. With the boys only playing one game and reserving several of their starters because of their busy week at John Battle, the girl’s team became the main attraction Thursday night. From the very first quarter the game was in the Lady Longhorns favor, and with a big turnout of fans to see them play there was a lot of intensity from everyone on the roster.   Full Story

Longhorns pull off strong win over Holston Cavaliers

Date: 2012-12-05
As part of a three-day annual tournament, the Johnson County Longhorns competed in the 2012 Trojan Tip-Off Classic this past weekend at John S. Battle High School in Bristol, Virginia. Coming out against the Holston Cavaliers Tuesday evening, the Longhorns were able to hold their opponents at bay and maintain control of the game for a strong win, despite a somewhat lackluster performance overall.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-12-05
Donations needed  Full Story

What could be better than chocolates and Christmas

Date: 2012-11-28
By Judy Hotchkiss  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-11-28
Donations needed  Full Story

Longhorns win big over Volunteer Falcons 51 to 41

Date: 2012-11-28
The Longhorns played an amazing game against the Volunteer Falcons last week, leading on the scoreboard from start to finish. Playing on a strange court against a much bigger school there was some initial anxiety concerning how the young team from Johnson County would perform under pressure, but within the first few minutes it was clear that the team had winning on their minds.   Full Story

Newly formed Doe Mountain Authority holds first meeting

Date: 2012-11-28
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Christmas shopping season off to a strong start locally

Date: 2012-11-28
By Rebecca Barnhart-Allan  Full Story

Johnson County Community Foundation celebrates ten years

Date: 2012-11-28
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Christmas parade this Saturday

Date: 2012-11-28
The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is this Saturday, December 1 at 3:00p.m. This year’s theme is “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” It will begin at Mountain City Elementary School and proceed to Main Street. Those that will be in the parade should line up at 1:00 in the area below Mountain City Elementary at the 421 entrance to the school. Ribbons will be awarded for the best float in three categories- churches, non-profit organizations, and businesses. The parade rules will not allow candy to be thrown from vehicles this year. If you would like to give out candy, someone must walk alongside to do so. For further information, please contact Nancy Drake at 727-8547.   Full Story

Lady Horns come up short, by make Falcons earn every point

Date: 2012-11-28
Traveling to Church Hill to take on the Volunteer High School Lady Falcons, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns competed in an extremely tough game where they made their opponent earn every basket. Although they came up short in the end, Johnson County’s performance was impressive despite facing off against such a powerful team who had the age, height, and home court advantage. For head coach, Todd Whittemore, who for years held the same position with Volunteer’s men’s basketball team, the game was both a homecoming and a chance to show how much the Lady Longhorns have improved over the last couple of years.   Full Story

Second half rally for JCHS girls not enough against Chiefs

Date: 2012-11-28
It was as though two very different teams were playing the different halves of Johnson County’s game against the Cherokee Lady Chiefs last weekend. A part of the Ramey Ford Thanksgiving Classic at Happy Valley High School, the Lady Longhorns had an extremely rough first two quarters where nothing seemed to go their way. Turnovers, missed lay-ups, fouls, and bad shots all added up to an extremely disappointing halftime score of 13-32.   Full Story

A look at an old newspaper

Date: 2012-11-20
One of the most requested topics for my column is how it used to be in Johnson County and Mountain City. Many older folks that I meet when I’m out and about like to discuss the way it was in Johnson County in their day. Being older myself I like to reminisce about Johnson County as it was during my growing up years.   Full Story

Commission wants to work with Solutia; decision lies with Hawkins

Date: 2012-11-20
Webber Van Hudson, a representative with Solutia Revenue Recovery out of Columbia Tennessee, made the long trip to Mountain City to present information about his company at Thursday’s commission meeting. Primarily focused on the collection of unpaid fines, Solutia was the company that former County Commissioner Ronnie Perkins contacted more than two years ago in an effort to pursue some of Johnson County’s many unpaid accounts. Working with Circuit Court Clerk Carolyn Wilson Hawkins at that time, the issue was brought before the county commission who gave their full blessing.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-11-20
Donations needed  Full Story

The Art of Photography

Date: 2012-11-20
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Local artisans meet gift needs of community at show

Date: 2012-11-20
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Longhorns lose opening game to Daniel Boone in overtime

Date: 2012-11-20
In the opening night of the season the Johnson County Longhorns left the hometown fans on the edge of their seat, playing an extremely close game against the Daniel Boone Trailblazers that came down to a couple of critical plays in an extra overtime period. The Longhorns were the first to get on the board with an early foul against Ryan Mahala. A string of long range Blazer buckets made Johnson County have to work very hard to keep up, but with Dalton Timbs and Chase Phillips leading the way the Longhorns were able to answer nearly every advance from Boone.   Full Story

Projects may change city landscape

Date: 2012-11-20
The Mountain City Town Council met a week later than normal last Tuesday following a vote from last month’s meeting to postpone due to several members of the board being out of town. The top issues of discussion involved potential changes in the landscape of downtown, and improvements to the city’s parks, as well as an update on Mountain City’s Goose Creek Trail Project.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns in good form but lose to Rebels

Date: 2012-11-20
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns played their first real game of the season last week, traveling all the way to South Greene to take on the Lady Rebels. Following a rough couple of scrimmages against David Crockett and Cocke County, the Lady Longhorns were back in good form and beginning to look like the team that impressed so many fans last year.   Full Story

Ashley Arnold signs to play softball with Milligan

Date: 2012-11-20
Surrounded by a crowd of friends, family, and classmates, Johnson County High School senior Ashley Arnold officially signed with Milligan College last week at the high school’s media center. Receiving both academic and athletic scholarships, Arnold will continue her love of softball as she moves into her college career. Milligan Coach Wes Holly was on hand for the ceremony to welcome the newest member of his team.   Full Story

Badal is new advertising manager at Tomahawk

Date: 2012-11-20
Ann Badal recently joined The Tomahawk’s team as the new advertising manager. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina and extensive experience in sales, including both cable television and retail.  Full Story

A Taste of the Season

Date: 2012-11-20
The Tomahawk's annual holiday recipe special section is inside this week's Tomahawk. Pick up a copy today!  Full Story

Snyder and Reece hone softball skills during summer

Date: 2012-11-20
For many of the players on Johnson County’s softball team the season ends with the school year, but for a couple of dedicated players like Brianna Snyder and Abby Reece, the end of the regular season is only the beginning of their time on the field. Playing travel ball and weekend tournaments all the way into the fall, these two girls have been greatly improving their skills in the game, competing alongside some of the best players the region has to offer.   Full Story

JCHS boys gain valuable experience in meeting with Gate City

Date: 2012-11-20
For many of the players on Johnson County’s softball team the season ends with the school year, but for a couple of dedicated players like Brianna Snyder and Abby Reece, the end of the regular season is only the beginning of their time on the field. Playing travel ball and weekend tournaments all the way into the fall, these two girls have been greatly improving their skills in the game, competing alongside some of the best players the region has to offer.   Full Story

Deadline for next week's Tomahawk is Friday at 4:30 pm

Date: 2012-11-15
All information for articles, pictures and advertisement must be submitted to The Tomahawk by Friday at 4:30 pm. The paper will be printed early as there will be no mail service on Thursday, November 22nd.  Full Story

Words change meaning over time

Date: 2012-11-14
I’m not an etymologist but on a limited basis I often wonder about the origin of words and sometimes I even take the time to trace the history of words out of curiosity if nothing else. Etymology is the study of words, their history and how they came to be. Often the study of words is quite interesting. Some mean the opposite of what they meant originally.   Full Story

This week's Church Announcements

Date: 2012-11-14
November Released Time schedule  Full Story

JCHS varsity team is young but coaches still anticipate a good season

Date: 2012-11-14
åWith their first real game just around the corner, JCHS basketball head coach Austin Atwood is looking ahead. With a young team and a lot of talent, the Longhorns could have a stellar season, but they are still facing one of the best regional lineups the 3 Rivers Conference has seen in years. Many of the teams Johnson County will face this year have strong veteran players returning to the court, but Atwood is still hopeful that his team will ultimately be able to overcome the challenges ahead.   Full Story

JCHS girls should be strong with several veteran players returning to the court

Date: 2012-11-14
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns are looking at a tough season ahead with some very strong rival teams coming back to the court. Fortunately the Lady Horns will be sporting a formidable team of their own, with veteran players like seniors Sarah Swift and Kristin Roark, and juniors Brooke Brown, Brandy Dugger, and Brionna Reece forming the core of Johnson County’s varsity team. Having lost Nikki Farrow from last year’s senior crop, the Lady Longhorns have been looking to fill the vacancy, but as head coach Todd Whittemore pointed out there has been no lack of talent stepping up to the challenge.   Full Story

Boys and girls have strong showing in Jamboree

Date: 2012-11-14
Fans got their first real look at Longhorn basketball this season at the annual Three Rivers Conference Jamboree in Elizabethton last week. Playing a 20-minute half where the clock ran continuously, both girls and boys took on the Happy Valley Warriors. Although neither team was able to pull out a win, both had very strong showings that resulted in close games. The Lady Longhorns came up just two points shy at 22-24, and the boys had a real nail-biter at 21-22.   Full Story

Butler Post Office undergoes changes but will remain open

Date: 2012-11-14
Butler residents were invited to a special town hall meeting recently at the Butler Baptist Church. Organized by the United States Postal Service (USPS), the meeting was called to discuss several changes happening at the Butler Post Office as a part of the new POST Plan. In an effort to cut costs while still preserving and ensuring quality service, the plan will look at many of the nation’s smaller offices to determine appropriate window service hours and operational procedures to maximize efficiency and cost. More than 13,000 offices are being assessed in total, with 255 in Tennessee and 45 in East Tennessee alone.   Full Story

Sixth graders gain technology experience with Apple iPads

Date: 2012-11-14
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Schools' report card good overall; science social studies need work

Date: 2012-11-14
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County honors its veterans with solemn event

Date: 2012-11-14
By: Rebecca Barnhart-Allan  Full Story

This week's Accent page

Date: 2012-11-14
This week's Accent page is our Johnson County Longhorns Basketball 2012-2013 section. Included are pictures of both the Longhorns and Lady Longhorns. Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk.  Full Story

This 'n' That

Date: 2012-11-07
Having been sports writer, sports editor and sports photographer for nearly 30 years at The Tomahawk, it was important that I take an interest in newspapers and their contents. Even after retirement I still am an avid reader of newspapers. In the daily papers, I especially enjoy the political cartoons those papers contain. Sometimes those cartoons are very insightful and can change our way of thinking. Of course that is often the purpose of the cartoon.   Full Story

My Turn

Date: 2012-11-07
When the question came up as to where my fiancé, Hope Erick and I would go to celebrate 10 years together this fall, I felt it would be a prime opportunity for her to see the nation’s capital for the first time. Having taught an American Government class at ETSU’s Kingsport campus this semester, I was interested in seeing the Supreme Court, The Capital, and the White House, among the many other offices and facilities that serve the huge bureaucracy of the federal government.   Full Story

Trip to Belize proves rewarding to missionaries and villagers

Date: 2012-11-07
Fifteen members of First Christian Church recently returned from a weeklong mission trip to Belize. The country, located on the northern coast of Central America, is surrounded by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean.  Despite the hot and humid tropical climate, the group arrived armed with power tools, nails and Bibles, eager to work with the people in Hattieville, a town of approximately 1,300 residents.  Not only were they prepared to put a new roof on a church under construction, but also they were ready to minister to the children of one particular elementary school.  Full Story

Longhorns play hard to lose to Elizabethton in playoffs

Date: 2012-11-07
Although they never backed down, the Longhorns simply could not match the power and speed of the Elizabethton Cyclones at Friday night’s first round of the Division 1 AAA championship playoff. On the very first play of the first quarter, Elizabethton’s intensely talented running backs managed to blast through everything the Longhorns could muster, finding a hole and taking it in for a touchdown less than 30 seconds into the game.   Full Story

This week's Church announcements

Date: 2012-11-07
Roan Mountain First Baptist  Full Story

Inclement weather affects early voting both locally and statewide

Date: 2012-11-07
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

All county department heads approve employee drug testing

Date: 2012-11-07
Several county officials met last week in an ongoing discussion of the state’s Drug Free Workplace Program. The issue first came up several months ago at a county safety meeting, when Karen Manual first began working with the county’s insurance company to receive training and a consequential one percent discount. At that time officials learned about the Drug Free Program and discovered that in addition to increasing the county’s accountability with its employees, there was also the potential for an additional five percent savings of around $6,000.   Full Story

Watauga Lake Winery opens to public

Date: 2012-11-07
By definition, agrotourism is the combination of both tourism and agriculture. For those longing for peace and quiet, scenic mountain views and an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a trip to an area that offers that serenity may be just what you are seeking. Johnson County, Tennessee, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, not only offers abundant activities such as fishing and outdoor adventures on Doe Mountain, but it can now boast its first winery.  Full Story

This week's yard sales

Date: 2012-11-06
3-family yard sale Saturday, 11/10, 10-3,between H & R and Janie's Video, men, women, teen, clothes and misc. items.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-10-31
Donations needed  Full Story

Voting is an American right and privilege

Date: 2012-10-31
The election of a United States President and other important offices take place Tuesday, November 6. U. S. citizens will once again have the opportunity to vote their choice to hold the highest political office in the land. Voting is both a right and a privilege. History records that many dictators have held forth over the centuries and there are many who are ruling today. Lord Acton, one of the great personalities of the Nineteenth Century, once said “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”   Full Story

County to add photos to 911 maps to enhance public safety

Date: 2012-10-31
The Johnson County Emergency Communications District (ECD) announced today that their team is in the process of taking pictures of every structure in the county with a physical address. These photos will be added to the 911 mapping system and Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.  Full Story

Winter's Rose

Date: 2012-10-31
An October snowstorm catches a late summer rose by surprise. Effects of Hurricane Sandy were felt across the eastern United States bringing high winds, flooding and snow throughout the region.  Full Story

A small kitchen makes a large home

Date: 2012-10-31
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Tomahawk writers try their hand at writing ghost stories

Date: 2012-10-31
Was it just a dream or visits from beyond the grave?  Full Story

County businesses participate in 'Cash Mob' shopping promotion

Date: 2012-10-31
By Rebecca Barnhart-Allan  Full Story

Longhorns left with disappointing loss versus Warriors on senior night

Date: 2012-10-31
The Longhorns just didn’t get the big break fans were hoping for in the last regular game of the season. Playing against the visiting Happy Valley Warriors, Johnson County held their own throughout the whole first half and had several opportunities to make big plays, which could have impacted the final score. Yet steady trouble executing on the offense and a few key breakdowns on the defense left the Longhorns with an especially disappointing loss.   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-10-24
Book study at Community Church  Full Story

The days of catalog merchandising

Date: 2012-10-24
I’m sure many of us who were born in the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s and perhaps ‘50s remember the days of the big catalog merchandizing companies. Making my debut on the earth in 1938, I remember a number of differences between that era and now.   Full Story

Trick-or-Treating on Tuesday

Date: 2012-10-24
Halloween will be observed in the city limits on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Trick-or-Treat hours will be from 6 until 8 p.m. only. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen have set the following rules for observance and to ensure the children’s safety:  Full Story

Hilarious characters in 'Mama Won't Fly' take audiences along on colorful expedition

Date: 2012-10-24
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Heating Fund assistance hits $5,000 in October

Date: 2012-10-24
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Local woman on waiting list for new heart

Date: 2012-10-24
By Paula Walter  Full Story

And the woolly worm says...

Date: 2012-10-24
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Longhorns put up valiant fight against John I Burton

Date: 2012-10-24
The Johnson County Longhorns made the long trip to Wise County, Virginia last Friday night to play a chilly autumn game against the John I Burton Raiders. Getting off to a rough first quarter, the team put up a valiant fight but ultimately came up short by the end of the game 12-21. The game kicked off with the Raiders taking possession of the ball, and despite several initially strong defensive plays from Johnson County, including a stop by Seth Little that resulted in a loss of yards, the Longhorns were rocked by a long pass from Burton just a couple of minutes in.   Full Story

Two department heads vote against employee drug testing

Date: 2012-10-24
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Fall in all its brilliance

Date: 2012-10-24
The vivid colors of autumn for a few short weeks in October more than compensate for its abbreviated endurance.  Full Story

Schools save $100,000 with energy program; new SLD grant doubtful

Date: 2012-10-24
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Shady Valley in Autumn Splendor

Date: 2012-10-17
Shady Valley's Cranberry Festival is featured in today's Mountain Accent.  Full Story

Making molasses is a time-honored tradition

Date: 2012-10-17
As I look back on the spring of my life, I often remember some of the activities that were special to me and in my mind’s eye relive those good times all over again. As I was growing up on a small Johnson County farm there was plenty of things to do and some of it was laborious and repetitive as anyone who farms can attest.   Full Story

Give a warm and fuzzy feeling this Christmas

Date: 2012-10-17
The Mountain City Police Department is once again preparing for a season of giving. With Christmas knocking at our doors, Police Officer Joey Norris and his team of helpers are gearing up for the second annual Toy Express.  Full Story

Groups lend helping hands to community

Date: 2012-10-17
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Man uses email to contact E-911

Date: 2012-10-17
By Paula Walter  Full Story

Local and state officials present updates on Doe Mountain project

Date: 2012-10-17
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Schools' energy program saves $100,000 but county will not meet new grant criteria

Date: 2012-10-17
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

A Shady Valley autumn festival

Date: 2012-10-17
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Church announcements

Date: 2012-10-17
Donations needed  Full Story

Cyclones prove too much for Johnson County Longhorns

Date: 2012-10-17
The Johnson County Longhorns hit a big stumbling block in Elizabethton last week going out against the Cyclones on their home turf. Within the first few minutes of the game, Longhorn fans realized the team had its hands full. Johnson County’s defense could do little to keep the Elizabethton at bay and despite several early stops by players like Daniel Lester; the Cyclones were soon looking at their first touchdown for the quarter.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns fight hard in district volleyball tournament

Date: 2012-10-17
For the first time in years Johnson County High School got the opportunity to host the Girls District Volleyball tournament, kicking off the four day long event Monday in a very close match up between the Lady Longhorns and the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils. Both teams were tied after the first two games, with Unicoi taking the initiative and gaining the first win 18-25. Johnson County was up next, bouncing back from the first round to earn their first victory 25-17.  Full Story

Pumpkin Festival celebrates Autumn in Appalachia

Date: 2012-10-10
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Despite tough start, Lady Longhorns take three matches from Lady Cavaliers

Date: 2012-10-10
The Lady Longhorns kicked off the last week of their regular season with a bang, playing a tight match against the Holston Lady Cavaliers in Damascus. Playing a four game match, Holston caught Johnson County off guard in the first round, putting up a surprising fight and taking advantage of any mistake the Lady Longhorns made.   Full Story

Longhorns pull biggest win of season for homecoming

Date: 2012-10-10
Amid the excitement of a charged homecoming crowd, the Johnson County Longhorns pulled out their biggest win of the season yet, dominating the Wise Central Warriors for the whole first half of the game. Winning the toss and choosing to defer to the second half, the Longhorns gave Wise the ball to start off the first quarter. In a matter of seconds, senior Ryan Mahala had made a big interception to run in what looked like a first touchdown. There was a flag on the play for blocking in the back, but the turnover still put Johnson County in a strong position very early on.  Full Story

Johnson County Golfer Nathan Timbs travels to New Tazewell to particpate in regionals

Date: 2012-10-10
Johnson County’s Nathan Timbs had the opportunity to travel to New Tazewell in Claiborne County last week to take part in the Region 1A/AA golf tournament. A part of a special team made up of top scorers from the earlier district tournament in Elizabethton, Timbs faced tough odds, playing in rough conditions on a strange course. Held at Woodlake Golf Club, the various teams and players faced strong wind and heavy rain on the par 72 golf course.   Full Story

Cowboy stars of the silver screen

Date: 2012-10-10
It has been awhile since I featured in this column some of the Cowboy stars that were once a huge draw at theatres across this land. The youngsters liked them and I suspect many adults were fans of them also.   Full Story

Speaker of the House and Timothy Hill visit Republican headquarters

Date: 2012-10-10
By Rebecca Barnhart-Allen  Full Story

Watauga Lake Winery opening in old Dry Run School

Date: 2012-10-10
For the first time in decades the doors of the old Dry Run Elementary School were opened in a Saturday night celebration officially welcoming Johnson County’s latest unique attraction, Watauga Lake Winery. A passion project of Wayne and Linda Gay of Dry Hill, the operation is a product of years of business experience combined with a love and knowledge of growing grapes and making wines.   Full Story

Adjustments made to recently set rules and regulations for city parks

Date: 2012-10-10
City officials took a second look at new rules for Mountain City’s parks at this month’s council meeting. After passing a policy last month that will impose a series of new regulations concerning both Ralph Stout and Cunningham parks, Mayor Lawrence Keeble asked the council to look at a few suggestions to make the policy more precise and less excessive. Keeble noted that he had been working with City Recorder Sheila Shaw to improve the list of rules, marking off a few that were not necessary for the general public, including the rule to shut down the lights at Ralph Stout Park at 11 p.m. That rule will be solely enforced by city officials through the police department.   Full Story

Twins joined at head still interesting story today

Date: 2012-10-03
A miracle? Well, if it wasn’t a miracle, it was about as close to one as you could get. Fifty-six years ago, twin girls were born to Virginia (McCloud) Bunton of Butler, Tennessee. While the birth of twins is not too unusual, in this particular case the baby girls were joined at the head — a very rare occasion indeed.   Full Story

From aerospace to Doe Valley, it's a small world for Randy Brinkley

Date: 2012-10-03
Randy Brinkley, one of Johnson County’s newest residents, made the decision to move from California to Johnson County when he realized the beautiful mountains of northeast Tennessee were just as spectacular and breathtaking as the mountains of his home state of North Carolina. Originally from Valdez, a small town close to Hickory, Brinkley spent many hours in the mountains, never realizing that Tennessee had so much to offer.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-10-03
Building bridges for children  Full Story

Local United Way sets 2012 goal of $34,000

Date: 2012-10-03
Every year, agencies within Johnson County and Mountain City depend on the generosity of local citizens to help fund their endeavors through the local chapter of the United Way. This year the organization has set a goal of $34,000 for its annual campaign. The kick off date is just around the corner on October 1, 2012.   Full Story

From the heart with love ... Laurel Elementary students receive warm gifts

Date: 2012-10-03
By Rebecca Barnhart-Allan  Full Story

Ed Cook's gigantic pumpkin harvest is an annual celebration

Date: 2012-10-03
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Longhorns lose tough conference game to Sullivan North

Date: 2012-10-03
Going up against one of the toughest teams in the conference, the Longhorns displayed just how much they have improved this season, making the Sullivan North Golden Raiders earn every point of their close homecoming win Friday night. With several players like Daniel Lester and Jordan Grubb stepping up their games, along with an increasingly stronger passing game from quarterback Warren Kerley, Johnson County took the initiative and kept a fighting chance of victory all the way through the fourth quarter. A few key plays were all that made the difference in what became a battle of offense.  Full Story

Lady Longhorns fall to Elizabethton in volleyball matches

Date: 2012-10-03
Despite playing hard all evening, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns couldn’t get a break against the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones on the road. Although there were several moments where any of the three games could have gone the other way, the Lady Longhorns were faced with a three consecutive loss match. “We just didn’t get the balances”, said Coach Eric Crabtree. “Their ball would go in and ours would go just that far out, they would make a save, it just wasn’t our night. It wasn’t about effort; we could just never get the momentum.”  Full Story

JCHS Golf Team finishes season strong

Date: 2012-10-03
The JCHS Golf Team wound down their season last Monday, playing against some of their toughest competition at the District 1-AA golf tournament in Elizabethton. The Longhorns’ team consisted of seniors Jon Vannoy and Jacob Henson, junior Blade Hampton, and sophomores Nathan Timbs and Nathaniel Graybeal. Eight teams in all competed, with the top three team totals moving on to regionals. Officials also awarded medals for the three best single players. The top five individual players not already associated with one of the three teams going to regionals, were selected to make up one additional special team.   Full Story

This week's Sukoku solution

Date: 2012-10-03
This week's Sukoku solution  Full Story

This week's yard sales

Date: 2012-10-02
This week's yard sales  Full Story

ATV enthusiasts raise funds for Doe Mountain

Date: 2012-09-26
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's Sudoku solution

Date: 2012-09-26
This week's Sudoku solution  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-09-26
Book study at Community Church  Full Story

Joe Wilson honored with reception

Date: 2012-09-26
Johnson County native Joe Wilson was honored with a reception Saturday evening, September 22. The event was held in the conference room adjacent to Heritage Hall. Although he has been highly successful in his promotion of old time, folk and bluegrass music, Joe remains unpretentious about it. He has received many honors during his career, including being named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress in 2009. He is known as an authority on mountain music and has known many of the great artists in the field of traditional music. He has received many other honors including being awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2001.   Full Story

Allen receives 24-year prison sentence in death of Moffett

Date: 2012-09-26
Michael Craig Allen of Mountain City was previously charged with the shooting death of Sandra Lee Moffett on April 22, 2010. She had been employed as a correctional officer at Northeast Correctional Complex. Moffet was found with a gunshot wound to her head. According to a press release received from Johnson County’s sheriff’s office, Allen pled guilty on Monday, September 24, 2012 to second-degree murder in Johnson County Criminal Court. Allen will serve 100 percent of his 24-year sentence. He was taken into custody.  Full Story

Kelly Horne must repay $1000; sentencing in November

Date: 2012-09-26
Kelly Horne appeared in Johnson County Criminal Court on Monday, September 24, 2012 and pleaded guilty to eight charges that included theft, forgery and official misconduct. A former Johnson County employee, Horne was charged with stealing over $40,000 from the Johnson County Solid Waste Transfer Station. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested her on March 28, 2012.  Full Story

Barbara Potter arrested in 'Facebook murders' case

Date: 2012-09-26
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Johnson County woman Monday after she was indicted last week for tampering with evidence during a double murder investigation where her husband was one of the subjects being investigated in February of 2012.   Full Story

Joe Wilson honored by hometown

Date: 2012-09-26
By Kristy Wolfe  Full Story

Tomahawk welcomes Lacy Hilliard to staff

Date: 2012-09-26
The newest member of the Tomahawk team is Lacy Hilliard. Hilliard has been a freelance writer for The Tomahawk since February and is pleased to accept a position as the Tomahawk’s new Creative Content Manager.   Full Story

Longhorns come up short in second meeting with Bulldogs

Date: 2012-09-26
For the second time this season the Johnson County Longhorns took on the Hampton Bulldogs in a game that was undecided until the very last play. Despite fighting back after falling behind in the first half, a second Longhorn win was simply not in the cards, leaving Johnson County just one point behind their biggest rivals 20-21.  Full Story

Commissioners still looking at drug testing for county employees

Date: 2012-09-26
Karen Manuel presented information from the recent safety meeting held on September 5th to the full Johnson County County Commission at their meeting last Thursday night. After speaking with Marc Fogarty, a representative from the county’s insurance company, Manual gave details concerning the potential adoption of a drug free work place policy. By becoming certified with the state’s drug free workplace program, the county would not only help improve safety and accountability for its employees, but would also be able to take advantage of a five percent discount amounting to more than $6000.  Full Story

JCHS Lady Longhorns prevail against strong Tri-Cities Christian defense

Date: 2012-09-26
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns had another strong match against the visiting Tri-Cities Christian Lady Golden Eagles last week. The second time that the two teams met this season, Johnson County managed to pull out the win in three consecutive games despite a strong Tri-Cities defense. “This is the way I would like to see it every game,” Coach Eric Crabtree said after the match. “We played very solid and did a good job serving. We were on the offensive, which made it hard for them to get into a rhythm. We made some good digs. Overall we played very well.”  Full Story

Several JCHS baseballers participate in fall league

Date: 2012-09-26
Although the baseball season is long over, a few of Johnson County’s very talented team are still keeping their game fresh by playing in a special fall league made up of travel teams that play all across the region. Unlike the regular season or even summer ball, the fall features teams made up of some of the best players from high schools all over East Tennessee. Two teams in particular, Edge Baseball and the Tricities Bombers, have Longhorns in their roster. Pitcher Andy Woods and shortstop Judd Hammons have been a strong asset for Edge, while pitcher Ryan Mahala has carried the mound for the Bombers this year.   Full Story

Herbalist and raw vegan, Lisa Potter, uses local herbs and plants to maintain a healthy lifestyle

Date: 2012-09-26
By Kristy Wolfe  Full Story

Barbara Potter arrested for tampering with evidence in 'Facebook murders' investigation

Date: 2012-09-24
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Johnson County woman after she was indicted last week for tampering with evidence during a double murder investigation where her husband was one of the subjects being investigated in February of 2012.   Full Story

Students Red Out for heart health at JCHS

Date: 2012-09-19
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-09-19
Donations needed  Full Story

East Tennessee in the Revolutionary War

Date: 2012-09-19
By September 1780 American loyalists had fought a number of battles against British troops as well as some colonists who were loyal to the British Crown. The colonies were edging ever closer to independence from King George’s heavy hand as he had more and more through taxation and other harsh treatment showed his disdain for Britain’s far-flung colonies. Two of the most distasteful items enforced by the King were taxation without representation and quartering soldiers in the homes of the Colonists without their consent.   Full Story

Longhorns in top form as they defeat Sullivan East

Date: 2012-09-19
The Longhorns were on a roll Friday night against the visiting Sullivan East Patriots. After playing through a tough first quarter, Johnson County managed to get the upper hand with the first touchdown of the game and didn’t let up for the rest of the evening. Both the defensive and offensive lines put up a great performance, highlighting the team’s recent success with at 42-12 victory.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns take three out of four

Date: 2012-09-19
The Lady Longhorns kicked off the week in a tough away game battle against the Providence Academy Knights in Johnson City. Playing the best three out of five games, Johnson County managed to seize the initiative by pulling out the first win of the night, 25-15. In that game, strong serves, which resulted in several aces, helped put Johnson County ahead 4-0 very early on, and with that narrow lead provided the momentum to carry the game through to its end.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns face tough volleyball competitors

Date: 2012-09-19
Coming on the heels of a tough win against Providence Academy earlier in the week, the Lady Longhorns were ready to take on the Avery County Lady Vikings at home Wednesday night. At first it appeared that Johnson County was going to have an easy win in their first round, pulling ahead 12-3 in the first few minutes and getting as far as 19 before the Lady Vikings began to really push back. However, in a shocking change of pace, Avery County kicked their game into overdrive, turning around what would have been a tough defeat at 19-9 to ultimately tie up the game and take the win 26-28 after tying at 26.   Full Story

Strong week for the JCHS Golf Team

Date: 2012-09-19
It was another strong week for the JCHS Golf team. Traveling to several different courses after playing their last home game Monday, the Longhorns got the chance to try their hand in some unfamiliar territory, but as Coach Steve Arnold pointed out, the team still pulled out a well-rounded performance. “They really impressed me at Rye Cove, Arnold said. “They beat Rye Cove, Thomas Walker, and Sullivan North on a course we have never seen before. North had just beaten us at Warriors Path by eight and we got them by 16, on a very demanding course. With five of six players in the 40’s, we are playing well right now.”  Full Story

Heating Fund gears up for another winter

Date: 2012-09-19
Since its inception in the winter months of 2008-2009, the Johnson County Emergency Heating Fund for Seniors has been instrumental in raising monies that have made a positive impact on the lives of local people in need. The organization has raised more than $58,000 in the past three years due to the generosity of fellow Johnson Countians through donations and fundraisers that has allowed them to provide heating assistance for seniors.   Full Story

Brad Dunn welcomed at first school board meeting

Date: 2012-09-19
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's Sudoku solution

Date: 2012-09-19
This week's Sudoku solution  Full Story

Not enough qualifying signatures on wheel tax petition to put issue on ballot

Date: 2012-09-19
On Monday evening the Johnson County Election Commission verified the results of a petition that has been circulating through the county. Requesting that the recently approved wheel tax increase be placed on the ballot in November, election officials spent several days and more than 16 hours carefully going through 65 pages of signatures to determine their authenticity and eligibility. For the petition to pass successfully, at least 10 percent of the active registered voters of the county would have to sign. With 11,249 registered voters, both active and inactive, petition organizers required a total of 464 verified signatures. After the final counting around noon Monday, the election commission certified that only 312 signatures qualified.   Full Story

This week's yard sales

Date: 2012-09-18
5 FamilyYard Sale September 21-22 8am-2pm 297 Corner Road, Mountain City Children-Adult clothes, many household items.  Full Story

This week's Sudoku solution

Date: 2012-09-13
This week's Sudoku solution  Full Story

Voting is an honor and a privilege

Date: 2012-09-12
It’s that time again. Another election season is in full swing and we are inundated with advertisements, the jargon of the political pundits, along with the constant attacks on the credibility of the candidates running for office. There’s often no escape as we channel surf in an attempt to get away from the election rhetoric that seems to be endless. It makes you wonder what the television news stations will find to report on once the November 6th presidential election is over.  Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-09-12
Donations needed  Full Story

Class of 1956 Holds Reunion; Happenings During That Year

Date: 2012-09-12
On Saturday, September 8, several members of The Johnson County High School Class of 1956 gathered in the fellowship room of the Mountain City First United Methodist Church for a 56th year reunion. There was no doubt a lot of reminiscing about the “good old days” at good old JCHS. The old JCHS building now houses the Board of Education and a number of other county offices.   Full Story

Johnson County High School golf team plays last home game of the season

Date: 2012-09-12
By: Phil Walter, Contributor  Full Story

Rodeo comes to town!

Date: 2012-09-12
Hayden Sluder tries his hand at bull riding at last week's rodeo. Feature on Accent.  Full Story

Lady Longhorn JV volleyball team victory the result of strong team effort

Date: 2012-09-12
The Lady Longhorn Junior Varsity volleyball team was the only Tennessee team present at the Virginia Highlands Community Classic at Patrick Henry High School this past Saturday. Playing against some of the best teams in Southwest Virginia, the Lady Longhorns got off to a rough start in their first match against the John Battle Lady Trojans, but made such an impact in their later games that they were able to leave the tournament with the championship.   Full Story

The rodeo hits town Friday night!

Date: 2012-09-12
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County Longhorn golf team playing best golf of season

Date: 2012-09-12
The Johnson County Longhorn Golf team had another successful run last week. Playing in three separate matches, two on their home course at Red Tail Mountain, the team managed to keep a fairly consistent pace. “We are playing our best golf of the season right now, and I hope we can play just a little better come districts. We have played some tough teams on their home course and have not been blown out by anyone. We are 11 strokes better right now as a team than we were all of last season” said Coach Steve Arnold.  Full Story

Jean Ann Savery helps folks find the artist within

Date: 2012-09-12
By Kristy Wolfe  Full Story

Surviving the Snake bicycle ride raises funds for mammography waiting room

Date: 2012-09-12
The Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation Board held its second Surviving the Snake® bicycle ride this past weekend. This year, approximately 54 riders ventured out in the cool Saturday morning in the mountains of northeast Tennessee to help raise funds needed to construct a mammography waiting room area, offering privacy as women wait for their breast healthcare exams.  Full Story

New rules implemented in city parks

Date: 2012-09-12
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen for Mountain City took the first steps toward making the city’s parks safer and more user friendly at Tuesday night’s monthly council meeting. Voting to adopt and post a new set of rules for use at Ralph Stout and Cunningham Parks, the board was hopeful that such action will help stem the tide of growing complaints from the community. Five sets of the list of 14 rules will be posted with three at Ralph Stout and two at Cunningham. The rules include everything from restrictions on time, with lights being turned off at 11 p.m., to limiting children to play in designated areas only.   Full Story

Safety meeting focuses on county employee drug-testing

Date: 2012-09-12
Mark Fogarty, a representative with the Local Government Insurance Pool, was present at last week’s Johnson County Safety meeting to answer questions about the Tennessee Drug Free Workplace Program. The company provides the county’s workman’s compensation insurance. According to Fogarty, by becoming certified as a drug free workplace the county will be eligible for a five percent savings of around $6000.   Full Story

Father and son team hail in 15 lb. 15 oz. catch in fishing tournament

Date: 2012-09-12
The Testers dominated Watauga Lake again last Friday night, hauling in a 15 pound 15 ounce catch to take home first place in a Classic Tournament hosted by the Mountain City Bass Anglers Club. Father and son teams from the Dry Hill Community, Doyle and Craig Tester have a reputation for knowing the hotspots on many of the area’s surrounding lakes. With Watauga being so close to home they did not disappoint.   Full Story

The question is not 'if' there will be a tax increase in county, but whether it will be on property or wheel tax

Date: 2012-09-12
With recent action by the county commission to raise the county wheel tax by an additional $10 and the consequential petition requesting that the issue be put on the ballot in November, there have been many questions asked about why the commission needed the extra funding in the first place. Unfortunately at the same time there have been several misconceptions arise that have given some officials cause for concern. For elected leaders such as County Mayor Larry Potter, making sure the citizens of the county understand the situation behind the increase has been a big priority.  Full Story

JCMS Longhorns win against Cloudland

Date: 2012-09-12
After losing the first two games against tough non-conference opponents John Sevier of Kingsport and Ashe County, NC, the Jr. Longhorns got in the win column Thursday night at Roan Mountain defeating the Jr. Cloudland Highlanders 12-6.   Full Story

This week's yard sales

Date: 2012-09-11
2 Family Yard Sale Thursday 9/13 8-3 Friday 9/14 8-? lots of clothes for kids of all ages Rain or shine 776 Stagecoach Loop across from Doe Elementary  Full Story

This week's Sudoku solution

Date: 2012-09-06
This week's Sudoku solution  Full Story

Commissioner responds to letter

Date: 2012-09-05
A few days ago several of the county’s commissioners received a letter from an anonymous author and I feel it would be appropriate to share its contents with the reading public. The unaltered letter was written as follows:   Full Story

Consumer Affairs says 'don't get scammed in 2012'

Date: 2012-09-05
Across the United States, there is a barrage of scams of all types that prey on innocent and unsuspecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. Tennessee’s Division of Consumer Affairs is constantly on the watch to keep the public aware of the many new and creative schemes that threaten Tennesseans on a continual basis. The agency falls under the Department of Commerce.  Full Story

Wheel tax petition is circulating

Date: 2012-09-05
Johnson County commissioners recently addressed budget shortfalls in both the July and August 2012 monthly meetings. Over the past five years, both investment income and interest rates have tumbled, and the county lost more than $800,000 in revenue over the last four years. Johnson County was faced with making some difficult decisions.  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-09-05
Donations needed  Full Story

Tobacco is still viable crop in county

Date: 2012-09-05
By Kristy Wolfe  Full Story

Zach Hill dies in car accident

Date: 2012-09-05
Zach Hill, 19 years old, passed away from injuries sustained during a car accident on Friday, August 31, 2012. The accident occurred on Red Brush Road in Johnson County. He was driving a 1993 Honda. The Tennessee Motor Vehicle report indicated Hill was not wearing a seat belt. Both Bradley Lowe and Jacob Rash were passengers in the vehicle. Both sustained injuries due to the accident. Hill’s car was traveling east bound on Red Brush Road at a high rate of speed and was at the top of a hill before it went airborne and landed. It hit the second vehicle, a 1999 Chevy SUV driven by David L. Park that was traveling west bound.   Full Story

Tim Keene found guilty, son not guilty of theft from county

Date: 2012-09-05
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(TBI) arrested Kevin Keene, 25, and Tim Keene, 50, both of Laurel Bloomery on Thursday, March 29, 2012 for both allegedly selling scrap metal that was the property of Johnson County and selling it for personal profit. They were indicted by the Johnson County grand jury. Both men recently appeared in court on August 30, 2012. A jury found Kevin Keene not guilty of his charges. Tim Keene was found guilty by a jury of the charge of theft under $500. He was given a $1,500 fine and is due back in court on October 5, 2012, regarding additional charges.  Full Story

A rugged trip to the county seat helped form Johnson County

Date: 2012-09-05
As we study the history of our great county and how it came to be, it is important that we in our imagination try to transport ourselves back to the time when there were no hard topped highways, modern automobiles or any easy ways to travel to distant destinations.   Full Story

Making and playing handcrafted dulcimers is Wolfe's passion

Date: 2012-09-05
By Kristy Wolfe  Full Story

Lady Longhorns victorious over Lady Golden Eagles

Date: 2012-09-05
Despite coming up with two hard losses late in the week against Sullivan East and Unicoi County, the Lady Longhorns Volleyball team began last Monday with an excellent performance against the Tri-Cities Christian Lady Golden Eagles. Much like the first game of the season against Holston, the Lady Longhorns dominated their first three games to claim victory over the match. Yet the Lady Eagles never backed down forcing Johnson County to fight for every point, often maintaining only a tenuous lead.   Full Story

JCHS tastes victory again with Unicoi

Date: 2012-09-05
Johnson County 17  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-08-29
Donations needed  Full Story

The story of Thomas Johnson's wife's ordeal

Date: 2012-08-29
There is an intriguing story concerning Johnson County and its name that I want to bring to my readers’ attention. I will summarize it due to space limitations. The story includes background information about the man who was honored (and justly so) by having our county named for him. He was Thomas Johnson.   Full Story

Old-time music rings through the hollows in Laurel Bloomery

Date: 2012-08-29
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County Golf Team starts season with strong performances

Date: 2012-08-29
The Johnson County Longhorn golf team seems to be off to a strong start in what could be a great season. Despite being fairly young with only two senior starters, Coach Steve Arnold still feels that the team has a lot of potential. Considering that the Longhorns have already won two of their first four matches and have held their own against several tough schools with a lot of senior leadership, early indicators have been very positive, but there is also still room to improve before the end of the season. “We have talent,” said Arnold. “I do believe they can play a little better than their scores have been, but I’ll take the scores we have at this point of the season.”  Full Story

Lady Longhorns Volleyball team wins first three games against Holston Lady Cavaliers

Date: 2012-08-29
The Lady Longhorns dominated as they took to the volleyball court for the first time this season against the Holston Lady Cavaliers. Winning the first three games in a row, the fast paced, aggressive, and unified team effort almost made the win look easy.   Full Story

JC Middle School Volleyball 2012-13

Date: 2012-08-29
The 2012-2013 JCMS volleyball season began Tuesday, August 21, with Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association and Cornerstone Academy located in Abingdon, VA. The other schools in this conference including JCMS are Providence Academy, Tri-Cities Christian, Cedar View Christian, and Sullins Academy.  Full Story

Johnson County Longhorns refuse to give up and beat Hampton Bulldogs 28-27

Date: 2012-08-29
After getting off to a rough start, the Johnson County Longhorns pulled off an amazing feat of determination Friday night, battling back against local rivals the Hampton Bulldogs in a nerve wracking one point overtime victory. Ending a 17 game losing streak, the Longhorns simply refused to give up, battling back from a score of 7-21 before halftime to tie up the game in the last minutes of the fourth quarter. As the score crept ever closer together, the energy from the packed stands continued to build until it felt like electricity in the air powering the team on toward victory.  Full Story

The Tomahawk apologizes for error

Date: 2012-08-29
The Lady Longhorns volleyball game article, as well as the Johnson County High School Golf Team and the Johnson County Longhorns football game against the Hampton Bulldogs articles were inadvertently omitted from the print version of The Tomahawk. They will appear in next week's paper. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.   Full Story

New national school lunch menus offer healthier choices to students

Date: 2012-08-29
The United States Department of Agriculture has set new nutritional standards that will require schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to comply with the latest dietary guidelines. The new changes are based on recommendations that have occurred in response to the increasing number of children in the United States who are overweight or obese. Recent reports indicate Tennessee has the sixth highest rate of childhood obesity across the nation.  Full Story

Updates on criminal court cases in Johnson County

Date: 2012-08-29
The following information contains the most recent updates to criminal charges that occurred in Johnson County, as well as crimes involving current or previous residents of the county.  Full Story

Local airport receives grants for purchase of land, weather station

Date: 2012-08-29
State Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer made a visit to Johnson County’s airport last week to officially award the facility with two separate grants that could go a long way toward helping to improve the safety and efficiency of its operation. Utilizing federal money generated through taxes on flight related services including the sale of jet fuel, Schroer made the presentation to Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter alongside representatives from the airport, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, and Republican state representative candidate Timothy Hill. The first grant, in the amount of $95,000, will go to acquire a new weather station that can be installed on or near the airport hanger and the second will be utilized to purchase land that is currently being leased from an adjacent property owner.  Full Story

Proffitt, Vanover die in car accident

Date: 2012-08-29
Christopher S. Proffitt, 22 years old, of Mountain City, Tennessee and Shana M. Vanover, 24, also of Mountain City, died Saturday, August 25, 2012 in a two-car collision that occurred on Highway 67 near the intersection of Spear Branch Road in Johnson County, Tennessee. Proffitt, driving a 2009 Honda, hit a 2006 Ford 1FA driven by Carl Trivette. According to the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Fatality Report, Proffitt was traveling east bound and crossed over the double yellow line into the westbound lane. He struck the vehicle driven by Trivette head on in a curve. Both vehicles ended up on a westbound shoulder of Tennessee State Highway 67. The report indicates Proffitt was not wearing his seat belt while Vanover did have her seat belt buckled. Although there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol, Tennessee State law requires toxicology tests to be administrated when a fatal automobile crash occurs. Both Carl and Dora Trivette, the passenger in the 2006 Ford 1 FA, sustained injuries.   Full Story

Longhorns put up strong defensive game against Tennessee High Vikings

Date: 2012-08-22
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

The Smilin' Cowboy, Bill Newcomb, chose Johnson County as his last home

Date: 2012-08-22
By Lacy Hilliard   Full Story

This week's church announcements

Date: 2012-08-22
Donations needed  Full Story

Budget shortfall continues to spark questions of delinquent court fines

Date: 2012-08-22
It has been more than three years since the topic of delinquent criminal court fines was first addressed by county officials. Beginning in early 2009, the budget committee, preparing for a tough fiscal year ahead, began looking at various departments for ways to save money. It was during one of those discussions that the issue first arose, beginning a long and convoluted path that has yet to see any direct action even today.   Full Story

Car and bike show, memorial ride raise scholarship monies

Date: 2012-08-22
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Wheel tax increase passes; insurance cap vote is null and void

Date: 2012-08-22
As was expected, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved the second and final reading of a proposed $10 increase to the county wheel tax at last Thursday night’s meeting. Faced with budgetary shortfalls from dwindling interest rates, the county has lost more than $800,000 in revenue over the last four years. When the budget committee initially began work on the budget, a five-cent increase to the property tax was proposed to generate the required funds, but many of the commissioners felt that the wheel tax was a more fair method of securing the necessary funding.  Full Story

Potter, Curd make court appearance

Date: 2012-08-22
Marvin E. “Buddy” Potter and Jamie Lynn Curd, both charged with murder, made their first appearance in Johnson County Criminal Court on Tuesday, August 14th after being indicted by the Grand Jury on July 27, 2012. Both men have been charged with going to the home of Billy Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth, after a complaint from Potter’s daughter accusing the couple of harassing and unfriending her on the social network, Facebook. Both Payne and Hays were found dead in their home on January 31, 2012 and had both been shot in the head.   Full Story

Mountain City moves forward in 'Tenn. Downtown' project

Date: 2012-08-22
Since the announcement of the selection of Mountain City as an official Tennessee Downtowns by Tennessee’s State Department of Economic and Community Development in December of 2010, plans have been underway to revitalize the town with the award of a $15,000 grant.   Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-08-15
Central Baptist Church Youth Rally  Full Story

Young faces enthralled by Old Butler Days

Date: 2012-08-15
In true form, this year’s Old Butler Days Festival was a break from the fast paced life of the modern world, giving hundreds of people from around the county and region the chance to catch up with old acquaintances, spend time with their families, and be a part of a tradition decades in the making. Celebrating the history and heritage of the town and valley that was flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1948, the festival provided plenty of excitement and entertainment while maintaining the small town charm that has persisted in the Butler Community well beyond the building of Watauga Dam.   Full Story

Most citizens don't want $10 wheel tax increase

Date: 2012-08-15
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

JCHS Longhorn Football Preview Today

Date: 2012-08-15
Inside today's Tomahawk is a preview of the JCHS football upcoming season. Pick up a copy today!  Full Story

Possible changes in fire department water usage during training session

Date: 2012-08-15
Several members of the Johnson County Firemen’s Association were present at the August meeting of the Town of Mountain City Council to discuss changes in their working agreement with the city water department. Currently any fire department can have access to the city’s hydrants in case of fire or emergency. However, Mayor Lawrence Keeble noted that no formal policy had been put into place concerning hydrant use for non-emergency situations including regular training sessions.   Full Story

Car, bike show and ride as memorial to Joe Barlow and Kim Sutton this weekend

Date: 2012-08-15
The Johnson County Knights will once again sponsor the Joe Barlow and Kim Sutton Car and Bike Show this Friday, August 17 beginning at 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm in downtown Mountain City on Main Street. The Joe Barlow Memorial Ride will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Participants will meet at Ralph Stout Park. Registration begins at 10:00 am and the ride starts at 11:00 am. The cost for registration for a single rider is $15 and the fee for double riders is $20. Anyone interested in participating should contact Dan Lipford at 291-1082 or Tiffany Taylor at 213-3219.  Full Story

School Board says goodbye to Ann Parsons

Date: 2012-08-15
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Trade Community Center looks for ways to replace festival funding and reopen mill

Date: 2012-08-15
The tough economic climate of the past few years has created numerous difficulties for many local community clubs and organizations around the nation. With rising operational costs across the board most have had to scale back the services they offer and Johnson County is no exception. However, for hard hit organizations like the Trade Community Center a strong sense of perseverance and determination might just be enough to pull through, keeping a valuable asset to the county alive and well.  Full Story

Reliving a lifetime of change with a Johnson County native

Date: 2012-08-15
In this column I will rely on my memory a lot. It has been many years since I was a lad excited about going to “town.” We usually traveled to Mountain City on Saturday evening after a week on the small farm where I grew up, so it’s pretty clear in my mind the way Mountain City was in those days when a dollar was a dollar.   Full Story

Car and bike show to be held Friday 8/17 and Saturday 8/18

Date: 2012-08-09
The car and bike show will be held on Friday, 8/17 and Saturday, 8/18. Please note the correction.  Full Story

Confessions of a Droid virgin

Date: 2012-08-08
I’ll readily admit I don’t always like change, especially as the years have snuck up on me. It wasn’t long ago I decided it was time to get rid of my old but true friend, my flip-top cell phone. It really didn’t bother me I had trouble remembering my phone number and had resorted to taping my cell number of the phone. I must admit some people looked at me rather strangely. After all, how many times do we call ourselves? Truth be known, the phone was pretty sorry looking.  Full Story

Fishing tournament at Boone Lake

Date: 2012-08-08
The Mountain City Bass Club hosted another successful tournament Friday night, this time at Wing Deer Park’s Kinch Landing on Boone Lake. Despite rough weather early in the evening, more than a dozen boats made their way onto the water, kicking off at 7:30 and coming back in at 2:30. One of 16 regularly scheduled tournaments that make up the club’s annual circuit, the event featured a $150 first place prize as well as $90 for second place and $150 for the biggest single fish.   Full Story

Students on mission trip repair tornado damage

Date: 2012-08-08
Although it's more than a year since tornadoes ravaged parts of Johnson County, there are people still living in homes with extensive storm damage. For those who had no insurance or were under-insured, their plight continues.  Full Story

Historical knowledge advanced through column and historical society books

Date: 2012-08-08
This is my 463rd column since I began writing “This ‘N’ That” the first week of August 2003. “This ‘N’ That,” has been an apt title since I have been able to deal with many subjects. But, one of my main objectives, especially since being named Johnson County Historian, was to highlight the history of East Tennessee and in particular Johnson County. Therefore many of my columns have featured some aspects of the history of our great county.   Full Story

Election adds some faces; keeps some familiar ones

Date: 2012-08-08
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

County officials consider employee drug testing as way to save money

Date: 2012-08-08
With the recent efforts to battle shortfalls in the budget, county officials have been looking at all options to help save money and operate more efficiently. However, one of one of the most controversial alternatives carries with it changes that reach well beyond simple dollar figures. As part of the Department of Labor’s Drug Free Workplace program, officials are discussing the potential benefits of random drug testing for their employees. Not only would this mean a five percent cost reduction in county insurance premiums, it would also help ensure the safety and well being of the county employees as well as adding an extra level of accountability for the taxpaying public.   Full Story

Community Emergency Response Team to begin training session next month

Date: 2012-08-08
Johnson Countians will soon have an opportunity to receive emergency preparedness training in the event of a disaster, natural or man-made. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will begin a six-week training session on September 20th, 2012. The course is offered through Johnson County Emergency Management Agency.  Full Story

Jason Stout charged with attempted murder of brother

Date: 2012-08-08
On August 7, 2012 at approximately 1:45 am, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to Fall Branch Road in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found one victim, Chris Stout, with a single gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was air lifted to Wake Forrest Hospital in Winston Salem, NC.  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-08-08
Johnson County Camp Meeting  Full Story

Election Office reports unofficial results of Thursday's election

Date: 2012-08-03
JOHNSON COUNTY RESULTS ONLY   Full Story

Curd and Potter indicted by Grand Jury

Date: 2012-08-01
The Grand Jury met in Johnson County on July 27, 2012 and indicted both Jamie Lynn Curd and Marvin Enoch "Buddy" Potter for their alleged involvement in the double murders of Billy Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth. The couple were found slain on January 31, 2012. Both Curd and Potter were charged with two counts of first-degree murder. They are due back in court on August 14, 2012.  Full Story

Intelligent design: the forbidden topic

Date: 2012-08-01
By Colton Fenner  Full Story

Is there a surprise in the Historical Society's latest publication?

Date: 2012-08-01
Is There a Surprise for you in Johnson County Historical Society’s Latest Publication?   Full Story

Watauga Academy memories still alive in Butler

Date: 2012-08-01
There are now only a few people remaining who fondly remember the halls of Watauga Academy, but for more than half a century the school was one of the best examples of higher education in Johnson County, producing hundreds of successful graduates and creating a legacy that has far outreached the brick and mortar of its walls. Sadly, all that exists of the once stately building are a few old black and white photos and the cherished memories of those who attended.   Full Story

Junior Horns Run to the State Title Ends

Date: 2012-08-01
By: Jerry Whitener  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-08-01
Donations needed  Full Story

Wheel tax increase, insurance changes, no property tax increase in county budget

Date: 2012-08-01
After much deliberation and a specially called workshop meeting last week, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners finally agreed upon and approved this year’s budget. Reconvening the regular July meeting, County Mayor Larry Potter discussed the various changes to the proposed budget, beginning with the controversial decision to make cuts to some employees’ insurance.  Full Story

Record-Breaking rainfall here, drought in much of the country

Date: 2012-08-01
The Tri-Cities region received 12.08 inches of rain this July, making it both wettest July and month on record. Typically, the area sees approximately three and a half inches of rain in this same time period. Records were shattered as northeast Tennessee blasted past the previous record of 9.53 that was set in 1949.   Full Story

JCHS Freshman Kickoff

Date: 2012-07-27
JCHS Freshman Kick-Off Welcome is scheduled for August 2nd, from 11am to 2pm. Lumch will be provided.  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-07-25
Donations needed  Full Story

Watauga Lake is as good as it gets for local fishermen

Date: 2012-07-25
Watauga Lake is as good as it gets for local fishermen  Full Story

The Marathon Automobile Was Made in Tennessee Capital

Date: 2012-07-25
Our State Capital is known for many things. I suppose one of the most important of Nashville’s claims to fame other than being capital of Tennessee is the production and distribution of Country and Bluegrass music and other music as well. Consequently, that city is known as Music City USA. It is known for its iconic Country Music Hall of Fame as well as Music Row and many other events or places of interest.   Full Story

Residents, businesses report bold thefts of outdoor items

Date: 2012-07-25
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Who you gonna call?

Date: 2012-07-25
There’s something strange in the neighborhood ... at Parsons’ Quick Shop to be exact. The Carolina Ghostbusters stopped to fuel the Ecto 1 before heading out for more ‘ghostbusting’ adventures at Rob-Con in Bristol. Check them out at www.carolinaghostbusters.com  Full Story

Deed scam surfaces again locally

Date: 2012-07-25
Several homeowners in Johnson County have contacted the local register of deeds office regarding final notifications they received concerning their land deeds. In April of 2012, this same scam was sent from the Record Retrieval Department in Nashville, Tennessee where the mailer suggested homeowners should purchase a copy of their deed. The most recent mailings have come from both Local Records Office out of Nashville and Secured Documents Services in Washington, DC.   Full Story

Beer Board will reconvene to ensure validity of penalties

Date: 2012-07-25
The Johnson County Beer Board met on Tuesday, July 17th regarding the sale of beer to minors by five local establishments during a countywide undercover operation. The businesses that failed compliance checks were Big Loui’s Midway, Quick Stop #47, Doe Creek Beverage, Town and Country and Big Loui’s on Route 421.    Full Story

Commissioners address county budget shortfall

Date: 2012-07-25
Budget problems were the big issue at Thursday night’s county commission meeting. Facing a budgetary shortfall of tens of thousands of dollars, the county commission set out to discuss some of the options available to help determine a course of action. As the first time the full commission had seen the complete budget proposed by the budget committee, County Mayor Larry Potter passed out a list of information indicating where some of the biggest increases had occurred.   Full Story

Celebrating the season of the sunflower

Date: 2012-07-25
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Helmets can save lives

Date: 2012-07-18
Each year, thousands and thousands of motorcyclists, bicyclists and skateboarders suffer head injuries. Wearing a helmet can help prevent the majority of these accidents.  Full Story

People Who Changed History Get But Little Recognition

Date: 2012-07-18
It seems there are always those who stay in the background and allow others to have the glory and recognition, even though they often have been a huge factor in the successful outcome of a project or have contributed to making the world a better place. Too, there are many in the progress of history who are seldom given credit for outstanding successes and someone else accepts the accolades and congratulations.   Full Story

Johnson County Longhorn football team preparing for tough season

Date: 2012-07-18
Although the first official game is still a few weeks away, the Johnson County Longhorn football team has been busy preparing for the tough season ahead. With a young team featuring a strong sophomore class, head coach Mike Atwood has been hard at work trying to help develop the skills necessary to compete with some of the best teams in the region. “Last year’s freshman class got a lot of experience on the varsity team. Overall I think we’ll be a little more experienced this year, but we’re still going to be young. Our team strength ought to be a lot better because we’re a lot stronger, unfortunately we’re not a whole lot faster than we were,” Atwood said.  Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-07-18
Donations needed  Full Story

Friday the 13th holds no bad luck for Relay For Life

Date: 2012-07-18
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

State has stringent immunization requirements for students

Date: 2012-07-18
The summer has flown by and parents and students are once again preparing for another school year to begin. Along with shopping for new clothes and school supplies, it’s time to make sure that all students have the required immunizations deemed necessary by the State of Tennessee.  Full Story

County schools set to open August 7th

Date: 2012-07-18
Last Tuesday, the Johnson County Board of Education held their last regular meeting before the new school year starts next month. The first day for students for the 2012-13 is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7.  Full Story

Tomahawk receives awards from Tennessee Press Association

Date: 2012-07-18
The Tomahawk received five awards in the annual Tennessee Press Association state contest this past Friday in Nashville, including a first-place for best personal column. This year, the Texas Press Association reviewed 1,401 entries that came from 73 of 122 newspapers throughout Tennessee.  Full Story

Parsons endorsed by TN Right to Life; Hill says miscommunication with group

Date: 2012-07-18
Some confusion has arisen pertaining to last week’s press release from Timothy Hill’s campaign for the third district state house. According to Brian Harris, President of Tennessee Right To Life (TNRTL), Kevin Parsons, who is also a candidate for that seat, has secured the endorsement from that organization.   Full Story

Kerry Gentry ... a proud heritage spanning generations of Johnson Countians

Date: 2012-07-18
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County 11-12’s cruise past Blountville

Date: 2012-07-11
Although Mother Nature played havoc throughout much of the contest, Johnson County Little League’s 11 and 12 year-old All-Star’s proved they came to play against Blountville in Gray at Daniel Boone’s Little League Park. The local boys took an early 2-0 lead after Philip Dugger launched one over the center field fence in the second inning scoring himself and Daniel Livorsi, who had snagged an earlier single.   Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-07-11
Donations needed  Full Story

Independence Day Celebration

Date: 2012-07-11
Johnson County celebrates the Fourth of July  Full Story

Good Samaritans save elderly lady from house fire last week

Date: 2012-07-11
When a recent fire broke out on Monday, July 2 in the space above her carport, Juanita Gentry soon discovered there are Good Samaritans living in her neighborhood. Neighbors Joseph Morefield and Ruben Calderon noticed smoke coming from the space over Gentry’s carport and immediately sprung into action to make sure she was out of the house and safe.  Full Story

Johnson County celebrates the Fourth of July

Date: 2012-07-11
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Dealing With The Heat In An Earlier Time in Johnson County

Date: 2012-07-11
The weather has been hot for the last several days. We complain about it, but as surely as I’m writing this column, come winter, we’ll be complaining about the cold weather. Mountain City is fa-mous for having the coldest temperature in 1917 and 1962. In Mountain City on December 30, 1917 the temperature fell to 32 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. And on December 6, 1962 the temperature topped out at minus 25 degrees in Johnson County. It was reported that Mountain City was the coldest spot in the entire nation at that time. That was the word in a letter from home while I was in the Army stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia.   Full Story

City Council July business

Date: 2012-07-11
Alderman Bob Morrison kicked off last week’s Mountain City Town Council meeting with a proposal to purchase a new repeater on Stone Mountain to increase the city fire department’s radio capabilities. With new requirements that have forced all communications to be switched to narrowband frequencies, Morrison felt that there would never be a better time to make the purchase and also pointed out that the new repeater would benefit the police department as well. Currently information cannot be sent digitally through the old repeater because it is not capable of handling both voice and data, however, with the new technology the city’s patrolmen would be able to send and receive information directly to their vehicles. The estimated cost of the new repeater is $3,300, and because both departments would be directly affected with the purchase, Morrison suggested that the funding be split between their two budgets. Following a discussion of the issue, Morrison made a motion to proceed with the purchase, which was seconded by Alderman Kenny Icenhour and carried unanimously.  Full Story

Mother and daughter face and survive cancer together

Date: 2012-07-11
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Early voting starts Friday, July 13th

Date: 2012-07-11
Beginning Friday, July 13, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the August 2 state primary and county general elections. Johnson County Administrator of Elections Mike Long is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting.  Full Story

Facebook murder victim's family criticizes Sheriff Reece

Date: 2012-07-11
Copies of a letter written to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece concerning what has become known as “The Facebook Murders” were received at newspapers throughout the area last Tuesday. The author identified himself as David Garland, stepfather of Billy Payne, Jr., one of the victims in the murders.   Full Story

Cleanup efforts help keep lake among nation's most pristine

Date: 2012-07-03
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County Little League Season concludes

Date: 2012-07-03
Johnson County Little League Season concludes  Full Story

Roofing project at NECX completed

Date: 2012-07-03
Osment Roofing Systems of Jonesboro, Arkansas recently completed a two-year roofing project at Northeast Correctional Complex in Johnson County. Deemed a success, the massive undertaking included the removal of multiple layers of old materials and the installation of new roofing on 22 buildings at the correctional complex. This included not only the Johnson County location, but also the Carter County Work Camp located on Roan Mountain that also falls under the jurisdiction of Warden David Sexton.  Full Story

Jon Fox's music proclaims his love for the mountains

Date: 2012-07-03
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

State and local dignitaries celebrate Doe Mountain acquisition

Date: 2012-07-03
County Mayor Larry Potter hosted a Doe Mountain Celebration at the Johnson County Chamber Park last week in Doe Valley. Following the ongoing and successful battle to save the more than 8,600 acres that make up the Doe Mountain property, the celebration was held as an effort to recognize some of the organizations and individuals that made the 8.8 million dollar investment a possibility, most prominently Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey.   Full Story

Holocaust related book reviews

Date: 2012-07-03
Sarah's Key, a book review   Full Story

Declaration of Independence

Date: 2012-07-03
The day the Declaration of Independence was signed is a very important day in the history of the world. It was on that day that one of the earliest attempts at forming a democratic form of government was begun. Moreover, that day heralded an adventure into forming a government upon which the citizenry had a say in how the government was run. It was a time and place in the history of man during which the slogan could well have been “No Tyrants Need Apply.”  Full Story

Independence Day Celebration planned for Johnson County

Date: 2012-06-28
Mark your calendars for a BIG INDEPENDENCE Celebration in beautiful Mountain City, TN as the Chamber of Commerce presents a Patriotic Parade on Tuesday, July 3rd at 6pm, Vendors at Ralph Stout Park and FIREWORKS at dark. Contact Frank Arnold for parade specifics 727-9973, or John Coolahan for vendor application.  Full Story

Lady Pioneers proved to be a tough adversary for Lady Longhorns

Date: 2012-06-27
Continuing their summer league action, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns faced off against the neighboring Watauga County Lady Pioneers last week in Happy Valley. Playing a double header of two five inning games, the Lady Longhorns got the much needed opportunity to get some game time together against a very tough opponent. After losing four players from this season’s senior class, the team has also recently faced the loss of several starters who have moved out of the county, most recently pitcher Cindy Eddington.   Full Story

JCHS baseball team only team from northeast Tennessee schools to attend summer training camp

Date: 2012-06-27
For the first time in at least two decades the JCHS baseball team attended a summer training camp. Coach Nicholas Perkins traveled with 12 members of the Johnson County team all the way to Murfreesboro to take part in the Middle Tennessee State University High School Team Camp. Johnson County was the only Northeast Tennessee school among the nine other teams attending, including one school from Georgia and as well as a travel team made up of students from several schools.   Full Story

The Daylily Lady

Date: 2012-06-27
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Leather britches... now that's good eatin'

Date: 2012-06-27
By Virginia Manuel  Full Story

Natural Resources of Johnson County

Date: 2012-06-27
A study of the history of Johnson County reveals that it has been a very productive county from the viewpoint of its vast natural resources: timber, iron, manganese, rich soil, streams of rippling water just to name a few. These natural resources at one time or another have been a part of the county’s economy.   Full Story

Grindstaff to serve on Doe Mountain Board

Date: 2012-06-27
Former Mountain City Mayor Kevin Parsons came before the Johnson County Commission this month to formally introduce himself and declare his intentions as a candidate for 3rd district State Representative. Parsons pointed out his background both in politics and in business and went on to state that he had first hand experience with difficulties, including unfunded state mandates, that come with the red tape of state legislation. Comprising portions of Sullivan and Carter counties as well as all of Johnson County, Parsons has been putting in nearly 500 miles a week in an effort to meet with the people of the district.   Full Story

Cancer "Survivor Dinner" encouraging to participants

Date: 2012-06-27
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

This week's yard sales

Date: 2012-06-26
This week's yard sales  Full Story

This Week's Church Announcements

Date: 2012-06-20
One Harvest Food Ministries June menu  Full Story

The Cherokee were the early people of Johnson County

Date: 2012-06-20
Perhaps when we are considering early Johnson County history, in particular the first inhabitants of the county, we tend to think of explorers and settlers such as John Honeycutt, James Robertson, Daniel Boone and others who once blazed trails through the wilderness that became Johnson County or even settled here. But a little reflection on our part may turn our thoughts to the people who were hunters and gatherers in this region long before Honeycutt, Robertson or Boone set foot on Johnson County soil.   Full Story

Doc Watson An authentic Appalachian legend

Date: 2012-06-20
by Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County Longhorns continue to impress

Date: 2012-06-20
Johnson County Longhorns continue to impress  Full Story

Family, faith and friends carry the Wards in their fight with Emily's cancer

Date: 2012-06-20
By: Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Retiring school personnel recognized

Date: 2012-06-20
By Teresa Cunningham  Full Story

Environmentalists battle agricultural giant

Date: 2012-06-20
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Yard Sales

Date: 2012-06-19
family garage sale Wednesday/Thursday/ Friday, July 4/5/6 9:00am-4:00pm 9562 Highway 421N Shady Valley Tools/clothes,what nots/brass items/battery- operated scooter Don't miss!  Full Story

Despite loss, Coach Perkins content with Longhorns' performance

Date: 2012-06-13
Despite loss, Coach Perkins content with Longhorns performance   Full Story

Johnson County Lady Longhorn Softball Team kick off first game in summer league

Date: 2012-06-13
Johnson County Lady Longhorn Softball Team kick off first game in summer league  Full Story

Have we lost our minds?

Date: 2012-06-13
The other night while channel surfing, my husband and I came across what turned out to be a video clip from the television show, “Tots and Tiaras”. With my mouth hanging open, I watched in horror as a child known as Honey Boo Boo strutted across the stage, wiggling, jiggling and strutting her six-year-old body parts.   Full Story

Doc Watson, a legend in his own time

Date: 2012-06-13
By Jack Swift  Full Story

Plans for Doe Mountain are discussed at organizational meeting

Date: 2012-06-06
It was a packed house at the Doe Mountain organizational meeting hosted by County Mayor Larry Potter last week. Held in the main courtroom of the Johnson County Courthouse and open to questions or concerns from the public, the meeting was very nearly standing room only as Mayor Potter discussed the future of the recently acquired mountain. Although there were a few residents who brought up potential concerns, the meeting was very positive overall, with numerous local business owners, property owners, and local officials in attendance to show their support.   Full Story

Copperhead Road Run raises $1000 for Cancer Support Group

Date: 2012-06-06
By Lindsey Campbell  Full Story

Virginia men charged with 2011 statutory rape in Mountain City

Date: 2012-06-06
On Thursday, May 24, 2012 three male suspects from Buchanan County, VA were indicted by the Johnson County grand jury following a lengthy investigation of an alleged sexual assault that occurred in Mountain City on June 4, 2011. The investigation led Mountain City Police Department Investigator Jody Putnam to Buchanan County after he had identified the suspects from photographs they had sent to the juvenile victim’s cell phone.  Full Story

Chamber awards dinner recognizes outstanding community members

Date: 2012-06-06
By Lindsey Campbell  Full Story

Front porch settin' was yesterday's social network

Date: 2012-06-06
By Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Many folks say local history is favorite topic

Date: 2012-06-06
As I meet and talk with folks on the street or in a store, I find they enjoy columns about the past in Johnson County and Mountain City. Because of that interest, I try to write about local history often.   Full Story

New York City's heart beats in time with the people's spirit

Date: 2012-06-06
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Longhorns begins summer league season

Date: 2012-06-06
Although the regular season may have ended, the beginning of the short summer league means that Longhorn fans still have a few opportunities to catch some baseball action. Going up against bigger teams such as David Crockett and Volunteer, summer ball also gives Johnson County the chance to gain some much needed experience for next year, and considering the stellar tournament run that the Longhorns put up only a few weeks ago, this year’s summer ball could be more important than ever.   Full Story

Church Announcements

Date: 2012-06-06
VBS at Bethany Baptist  Full Story

Crossword Puzzle Solution

Date: 2012-06-06
This week's crossword puzzle solution.  Full Story

Copperhead Road Run to benefit cancer support group

Date: 2012-05-30
On May 22, a news crew from WBIR came to Johnson County. They interviewed Tony Jennings about the Copperhead Road signs, filmed the Masonic Lodge Building and took a trip with Sheriff Mike and Temple Reece out to Dry Run’s Copperhead Road.  Full Story

Signs of life in real estate

Date: 2012-05-30
The recent strong start to the April real estate market across much of the country has raised the hopes of consumers and real estate agents that the home selling season, and the economy, is on the mend. Fixed-rate mortgages are at their lowest in close to 60 years and the sale of new homes grew over three percent in the month of April. In Johnson County, local real estate agents are hopeful as they have seen a lot of interest in local property and houses.  Full Story

Early tick season hits

Date: 2012-05-30
The Tennessee Department of Health has reported an increase in the number of cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever compared to this time last year. With a mild winter and an early spring, Tennessee is seeing an increase in the number of diseases carried by ticks. By mid-May, there have been 74 cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever reported statewide.  Full Story

Award banquets held for both Johnson County baseball and track and field teams

Date: 2012-05-30
Following a phenomenal season, the Johnson County Longhorn baseball team held their annual awards banquet at Team Mates Restaurant on Main Street. Packed with family, fans, and players, Assistant Coach Nicholas Perkins kicked off the ceremony by giving out the Junior Varsity awards. The JV team played in 16 out of 20 scheduled games, breaking even for the season.   Full Story

Basketball camp held for Johnson County girls ages six and up

Date: 2012-05-30
The first annual Lady Longhorn Girls Basketball Camp was recently held at Johnson County High School. Girls ages six and up who were interested in improving their basketball skills spent three days with members of the Lady Longhorn basketball team and Head Coach Todd Whittemore, learning various techniques and drills to help them become better players.   Full Story

County remembers fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Date: 2012-05-30
By Lindsey Campbell  Full Story

Confessions of a fast food worker

Date: 2012-05-30
By Lacy Hiliard  Full Story

Basketball camp held for Johnson County girls age six and up

Date: 2012-05-30
The first annual Lady Longhorn Girls Basketball Camp was recently held at Johnson County High School. Girls ages six and up who were interested in improving their basketball skills spent three days with members of the Lady Longhorn basketball team and Head Coach Todd Whittemore, learning various techniques and drills to help them become better players.   Full Story

Brandon Thompson named as a Racing 2 Cure team member

Date: 2012-05-30
Racing 2 Cure (R2C) a 501c3 non-profit announced today that it has named Brandon Thompson to its elite driver program. Racing 2 Cure’s founders are very excited to have Thompson as a member. Thompson will help promote and carry the mission of R2C throughout the racing season and will help other racers sign up for and support the Race-A-Thon online program. Thompson's efforts will help R2C make grants to families that are currently fighting cancer.  Full Story

Awards banquets held for both baseball and track/field teams

Date: 2012-05-30
Following a phenomenal season, the Johnson County Longhorn baseball team held their annual awards banquet at Team Mates Restaurant on Main Street. Packed with family, fans, and players, Assistant Coach Nicholas Perkins kicked off the ceremony by giving out the Junior Varsity awards. The JV team played in 16 out of 20 scheduled games, breaking even for the season.   Full Story

The Lewis' garden is all about family

Date: 2012-05-30
“Nana and Papaw’s house is best ... hugs and kisses ... kids spoiled here ... good home cooking ... old time stories.” The handmade sign in Jake and Arlene Lewis’ yard says it all. Their lives, their home and their garden are all about family.   Full Story

JCMS Baseball Team Wins Tournament Championship

Date: 2012-05-23
The Jr. Longhorns made it a clean sweep by winning the tournament championship less than two weeks after winning the conference title. Members of the team included Payton Fenner, Samuel Icenhour, Cody Bailie, Justin Pardue, Logan Sargent, Brandon Vannoy, Alex Tressler, Caleb Throop, Jose Guzman, Nick Whitener, Isaiah Penley, Daniel Livorsi, and Alex Calderon. The Johnson County Middle School Baseball Team was managed by head coach Julian Crews and assistant coaches Sam Icenhour and Tyler Fenner. JCMS finished the season with an overall record of 16-2.   Full Story

Lend a hand with Watauga Lake Cleanup June 30th

Date: 2012-05-23
Fourth of July at Watauga Lake, like many lakes across the region, is peak-time. Thousands of boaters will hit the lake’s familiar cold waters as they do every year, reveling in a tradition that spans generations for some enthusiastic lake families who make the annual pilgrimage. For a third year, the Watauga Lake community is putting it’s best foot forward just in time for the holiday.   Full Story

Funding eliminated for inter-library book loan program

Date: 2012-05-23
The funding for Tennessee’s interlibrary loan(ILL) book program has recently been eliminated under a reorganization of the state’s library system. Under the ILL plan, libraries located in the counties of Northeast Tennessee are able to borrow and lend books for their patrons and are delivered via a statewide courier system.   Full Story

Senior Carlton Tugman had phenomenal tennis career for Longhorns

Date: 2012-05-23
For the fourth year in a row the Johnson County Tennis Program was proud to send one of their own to the 1A/AA Regional tournament. Senior Carlton Tugman has had a phenomenal career for the Longhorns, playing in two regional championship matches his sophomore and junior years, and earning player of the year for the district this season. For Coach Steve Nave, having Tugman on the team has been a wonderful opportunity. “I couldn’t be more proud of him, and not just as a player but as person as well. He’s gotten better here; he’s worked really hard and has been a good role model for the other kids. He has had a great record as a tennis player, and I am really going to miss him. Carlton’s one of my favorite people to have ever coached in any sport.”  Full Story

Damascus streets come alive with annual Trail Days Festival

Date: 2012-05-23
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Henson and Bauer made respectable showings at A-AA Track and Field East Sectionals

Date: 2012-05-23
In a surprising turn of events, the Johnson County Track & Field Team actually ended up sending two competitors to the A-AA East Sectionals at Red Bank High School in Chattanooga last week. Following an initially strong showing at the sub sectionals the week before, it appeared that Jacob Henson would be the only one moving on, having taken fourth place in the long jump event. However, a few days later it was revealed that freshman Mackenzie Bauer would also be joining Henson in representing the Johnson County team.   Full Story

Doe Mountain plans top commissioners' agenda

Date: 2012-05-23
County Mayor Larry Potter gave an update on Doe Mountain at the May County Commission meeting. Assuming that everything goes as planned, the state will close out the purchase of the 8600 acres at the end of this month, but Potter has already been busy looking at the possibilities for the mountain once everything clears. In an effort to promote community involvement and to gauge local concerns and ideas, Potter will hold an organizational meeting in the main courtroom on May 31st at 7:00.   Full Story

Longhorns break records and make history

Date: 2012-05-23
What started off as a largely average season for the Johnson County Longhorns quickly turned into one of the biggest and most historic showings that the baseball program has ever seen. The rise to stardom began with a very close victory over the top ranked Unicoi County Blue Devils in one of the team’s last conference games. Overjoyed at beating one of their biggest rivals for only the second time in school history, the Longhorns then went on to make even bigger waves, turning over wins against some of the toughest teams in the area.  Full Story

Of Jeff Carrier's cemetery book, Stout's Store and local historical pictorial book

Date: 2012-05-23
Jeffrey Carrier’s Cemetery Book Republished; Butler Museum, Stout’s Store to Open for New Season; Historical Society Pictorial Book for Sale at Welcome Center  Full Story

The JCHS Class of 2012 is ready to impact the world

Date: 2012-05-16
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Handgun safety courses quickly filling up in county

Date: 2012-05-16
Soon after the election of President Barack Obama, thousands of people began filing for handgun carry permits nationwide, most likely assuming a largely democratic White House and Congress would enact stricter gun laws. While those stricter laws have never materialized, the rate of gun ownership has continued to steadily grow during the past four years. In 2010, there were more than 114,000 new gun permits issued in Tennessee.  Full Story

Youth sports fitness camps offered here this summer

Date: 2012-05-16
By Lindsey Campbell  Full Story

Plans underway for second annual Surviving the Snake bicycle ride

Date: 2012-05-16
The Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation Board will hold its second Surviving The Snake® bicycle ride on Saturday, September 28, 2012. The 50K and 100K bike ride will directly benefit the Johnson County Community Hospital. This year, the board has identified a need to enhance the mammography exam and waiting room area, giving privacy for patients seeking breast cancer screening.   Full Story

School year comes to close

Date: 2012-05-16
By Teresa Cunningham  Full Story

Horns defeat Cyclones in second round of the District 1AA Championship Tournament

Date: 2012-05-16
The Johnson County Longhorns set a trend with their narrow win over the Sullivan North Golden Raiders in the first round of the District 1 AA championship Tournament at Milligan College. Coming into the second round against the Elizabethton Cyclones, who had already handed Johnson County several tough defeats this season, there was naturally concern about the Longhorns’ chances to advance.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns close out 2012 season

Date: 2012-05-16
Having lost to the Sullivan East Lady Patriots in their first round of the District 1 AA tournament, the Lady Longhorns hoped that a potential second encounter might have different results. Unfortunately despite putting up a phenomenal fight in a game where neither side managed to score for the first five innings, the Johnson County girls fell victim to the same problems that have plagued them all season.   Full Story

JCHS Track and Field Team has successful showing at A/AA track meet

Date: 2012-05-16
Having given each other their only defeat in the District 1 AA tournament, the tensions were running high in the championship game between the Johnson County Longhorns and the Unicoi County Blue Devils. Both teams put up an amazing fight to gain the upper hand, but after losing the lead in the second inning, the Longhorns could never quite put up the runs needed to take it back. At the same time, Johnson County never gave Unicoi a chance to rest either, remaining just on the verge of taking control through all seven innings.   Full Story

Johnson County tennis plays well in District Tournament

Date: 2012-05-16
It has been a good season for Johnson County’s Tennis Team. Exceeding expectations, the top seeds in both the girls and boys teams competed in the 1A/AA District Tournament in Elizabethton and were met with a good measure of success. With two singles and two doubles teams made up of the top six Longhorn players, Johnson County’s efforts to improve this year finally paid off, allowing several of the teams to progress well into the tournament rankings and making school history with a fourth consecutive run at regional’s by Senior Carlton Tugman.  Full Story

Unicoi County extends tournament with win over Longhorns

Date: 2012-05-16
Having given Unicoi County their first defeat in the double elimination District 1 AA Tournament at Milligan College, the Johnson County Longhorns set out to deliver another and lay claim to the championship. Unfortunately despite a strong battle that demonstrated Johnson County’s resolve, the Longhorns could not overcome a devastating five run Blue Devil sweep in the third inning.   Full Story

Longhorns lose tournament championship to Unicoi

Date: 2012-05-16
Having given each other their only defeat in the District 1 AA tournament, the tensions were running high in the championship game between the Johnson County Longhorns and the Unicoi County Blue Devils. Both teams put up an amazing fight to gain the upper hand, but after losing the lead in the second inning, the Longhorns could never quite put up the runs needed to take it back. At the same time, Johnson County never gave Unicoi a chance to rest either, remaining just on the verge of taking control through all seven innings.   Full Story

JCHS Valedictorian speeches

Date: 2012-05-16
“Do you remember your first day of kindergarten? How about each and every day that year? It’s probably difficult for us to recall specifics because it seems like such as distant memory.  Full Story

Of Andrew and Eliza McCardle Johnson

Date: 2012-05-16
American presidents get a lot of publicity. They are constantly in the news. All presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama have no doubt relished or detested the publicity they have received depending on what the media has published or aired about them and their administration. American citizens, due to having access to information about their presidents, can make an informed decision on how each president is performing his job. Of course some of the publicity about a president is filtered through a prism of bias, but the American people are intelligent enough to cut through that bias and discern what is true and what is false.  Full Story

Doe Mountain safe at last

Date: 2012-05-09
After months of debate, discussion, and worry about its future, the more than 8,600 acres that make up Doe Mountain have been bought and saved by the state of Tennessee to preserve for Johnson County’s future. Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey was a key element in helping to secure the mountain, which takes up a significant central portion of the county. At 8.8 million dollars, some members of the state legislature have been understandably concerned about including the project in the state’s proposed budget, but thankfully Ramsey has been a bastion of support for East Tennessee.   Full Story

Mother and daughter battle and survive cancer together

Date: 2012-05-09
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Where have the honeybees gone?

Date: 2012-05-09
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Local and state government come together for Legislative Breakfast

Date: 2012-05-09
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

First reading of city budget passes

Date: 2012-05-09
The Mountain City council passed the first reading of the annual budget last Tuesday night. Mayor Lawrence Keeble made the point to thank the city’s department heads and employees for their efforts to be frugal with the town’s expenditures. Keeble was very pleased to announce that over the past year Mountain City has been able to stay ahead of the budget, going from an initial deficit to end up in the black. Despite some recent large but necessary renovations to the city water system, city officials are hopeful that this year’s budget will do the same.   Full Story

The face of animal abuse...

Date: 2012-05-09
It's been approximately two weeks since a call came into Gary Phillips, Mountain City Animal Control Officer, concerning a dog had been reported running at large in the Industrial Drive section of the city. It's not a call, or a dog, that he will soon forget.  Full Story

Highlanders unable to gain ground in Johnson County

Date: 2012-05-09
Thursday night was the Longhorn’s senior night with a game that could not have gone any better. Facing the visiting Cloudland Highlanders in a whopping 24-0 shutout, the game was a chance for every player in the line up to gain some experience and enjoy a last home game before jumping into the first rounds of the district tournament. Seniors Andy Stout and Bobby Taylor took to the mound for the Longhorns, striking out nine batters between them. Taylor ended up pitching four innings of the mercy-ruled bout, throwing out 45 strikes and the majority of the strikeouts.   Full Story

Lady Warriors beat Longhorns in close game

Date: 2012-05-09
It looked as though the JCHS Lady Longhorns were going to have a very disappointing senior night at home last week, hosting the Happy Valley Lady Warriors. Down 3-9 in the fourth inning it appeared that the Lady Warriors had little to worry about. Yet that same overconfidence along with some help from a tenth career homerun by Eden Smith soon had Johnson County back on the board and working hard to catch up.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns score big victory over Sullivan North Lady Golden Raiders

Date: 2012-05-09
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns began their week right bringing in a big victory over the Sullivan North Lady Golden Raiders. With consistent contact on the ball and a strong defensive effort, the game started off on a good note with four base hits and five runs. Abby Reece led off the batting lineup and also became the first runner on the board with help from advancements by Ashley Arnold, Hollie Harrison, and Eden Smith.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns win whopping victory over Sullivan North

Date: 2012-05-09
The second round of the Three Rivers Conference District Tournament went much better for the Lady Longhorns, culminating in a whopping 15-2 victory over the Sullivan North Lady Golden Raiders. After a slow start against East earlier in the week cost them the game, Johnson County was focused and determined to put up as strong an offense as they could from the very first inning. With 15 base hits, the result was a run or very near run in every single turn at bat.   Full Story

Longhorns will face Sullivan North Golden Raiders in second round of tournament

Date: 2012-05-09
The Johnson County Longhorns kicked off their Three Rivers Conference District bid with a nail biter. Having earned the #4 seed outright, the Longhorn’s faced the Sullivan North Golden Raiders at Milligan College’s Anglin Field. In a game that came down to a last run in an 8th extra inning, Johnson County managed to just barely scrape by with one run in the very last at-bat, giving them a 5-4 win.   Full Story

Despite slow start, 'Horns defeat Sullivan East 6-1

Date: 2012-05-09
The Johnson County Longhorns have really turned their season around taking on and defeating some of the toughest competition in their conference. It was no exception against Sullivan East in the last regularly scheduled conference game of the season. Relying heavily on a strong defensive performance, the Longhorns were able to hold the Patriots at bay six out of seven innings, keeping them to a single run for the whole game.   Full Story

Tranquil garden in Mountain City

Date: 2012-05-09
Although Teresa and Bob Roark's home sits on a busy street in Mountain City, one step into their beautiful yard instantly gives visitors a sense of calm, peace and tranquility. The spectacular floral garden has been a work of progress since the Roarks moved to their home in 1988.  Full Story

The Great Depression, World War II Years Were Times of Hardship For Many People

Date: 2012-05-09
I was born March 22, 1938 and grew up through the last years of the Great Depression and World War II was raging during those early years in my life. The Great Depression began with the Stock Market crash on October 29, 1929 and lasted until the early 1940s. World War II began September 1, 1939 and ended September 2, 1945. Both the Depression and the War brought hardship to many people.   Full Story

Maymead Farm designated as National Historic Place

Date: 2012-05-02
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County Band shines at concert and awards banquet

Date: 2012-05-02
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Synthetic drug bills before Haslam

Date: 2012-05-02
Three anti-synthetic drug bills have recently passed both the Tennessee House and Senate legislature and they are expected to be signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam in the near future. The bills target the possession, manufacture and distribution of synthetic drugs.Residents in the Tri-Cities area have fought against synthetic drugs in their communities in recent months. These products, often packaged as bath salts or incense and potpourri, have appeared in various stores in the area. Citizens organized protests and prayer walks, including residents of Johnson County. The Drug Enforcement Agency, along with authorities from Washington, Sullivan, Carter and Johnson Counties conducted raids on March 21, 2012 that targeted locations selling synthetic drugs that contained specific ingredients that had previously been declared illegal under federal law. The raids were the result of an eight-month investigation.   Full Story

Library receives grant from USDA

Date: 2012-05-02
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Doc Watson will not perform at Heritage Hall due to poor health

Date: 2012-05-02
Due to poor health, Doc Watson will not be able to perform the concert on May 19 at Heritage Hall.  Full Story

Memories of Berthel's store from years ago

Date: 2012-05-02
By Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Lady Longhorns walk away with 11-9 victory

Date: 2012-05-02
Following a tough loss at the Greeneville Tiny Day Tournament earlier in the week, the Unaka Lady Rangers were focused and ready to take on the Johnson County Lady Longhorns again, this time in Johnson County. Putting up one of their best fights for the season, Unaka very nearly made a big upset late in the game that would have cost the Lady Longhorns the win. Fortunately, Johnson County managed to maintain their lead with a very strong sixth inning showing of their own that allowed the Lady Longhorns to walk away with an 11-9 victory.   Full Story

Longhorns claim solid victory over Sullivan North

Date: 2012-05-02
The Longhorns were back on their feet Tuesday night in the second home game for the week. Besting the Sullivan North Golden Raiders 6-2, Johnson County began with a sluggish first few innings, but finished up strong in the 5th and 6th. Ryan Mahala once again took to the pitchers mound, racking up 109 pitches with 73 strikes and 6 strikeouts. Following the trend of the game Mahala started off slow but came in with a big finish.   Full Story

Lady Longhorn Softball Team competed in Tiny Day Tournament

Date: 2012-05-02
The Lady Longhorn Softball team traveled to Greeneville this past weekend to compete in the Tiny Day Tournament at Greeneville High School. Spanning Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Johnson County girls played in five games, coming out on top twice, and nearly pulling out two more. Unlike other tournaments this season, the competition was much more local, with teams like Cloudland and Unaka entering.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns delivered brutal loss by Unicoi

Date: 2012-05-02
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns were once again delivered a brutal loss at the hands of the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils. Despite struggling offensively against Unicoi’s pitcher, the Lady Longhorns could not say that the defeat was due to a lack of effort. In fact, with thirteen strikeouts, part of the problem could be attributed to over eagerness at bat. Unfortunately, even with continuous attempts at the plate, the Lady Longhorns could only muster up one base hit for the entire game.  Full Story

Elizabethton Cyclones beat Longhorns 15-4

Date: 2012-05-02
The Longhorns recent winning streak hit a stumbling block last week as Johnson County took on the visiting Elizabethton Cyclones. Elizabethton has proved to be one of the toughest competitors that the Longhorns have faced, relying heavily on a strong, consistent lineup of batters. With thirteen base hits overall, there weren’t many innings where the Cyclones didn’t make gains.  Full Story

Affordable family fun while staying close to home

Date: 2012-05-02
Editor’s note: While looking at vacation options for the summer months and taking into consideration the high cost of gasoline this year, The Tomahawk will be introducing a new special section in June entitled “Summer Guide to Family Fun.” This edition will explore many relaxing and enjoyable ways to spend your vacation time this summer while staying relatively close to home. You may be surprised to find a variety of activities and adventures while never leaving the boundaries of Johnson County. We also plan to visit neighboring Ashe and Watauga counties in North Carolina, Damascus and Washington County, Virginia, Carter County in Tennessee and possibly venture back to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area.  Full Story

It's been 75 years since the Hindenburg disaster

Date: 2012-05-02
Coming up next week is the 75th anniversary of the Hindenburg Disaster. It was a disaster of such magnitude that it essentially marked the end of travel via dirigibles which were giant airships filled with lighter-than-air gas and powered by diesel motors. On the stormy evening of May 6, 1937 the German airship Hindenburg burst into flames as it was being moored at the Naval Base at Lakehurst, New Jersey after a three-day flight. The airship had made 10 round trips between Germany and the United States in 1936. Travel by airship was a popular mode of travel during the 1930s. While not the fastest way to travel, the luxury the Zeppelins afforded the passengers was an important factor in choosing those giant airships. Along with Germany, the United States also plied the skies with dirigibles before intercontinental airplane travel was firmly established.  Full Story

Beware of violating social hosting laws

Date: 2012-04-25
As the school year comes to a close, graduating high school seniors are busy planning celebrations with their families, friends and classmates. While it’s a time for revelry, it’s also a time for responsibility and accountability when it comes to underage drinking.  Full Story

Operation Inasmuch service projects benefit local families

Date: 2012-04-25
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Criminal court update

Date: 2012-04-25
The following information contains the most recent updates to criminal charges that occurred in Johnson County, as well as crimes involving current or previous residents of the county.  Full Story

County declares synthetic drugs a public nuisance

Date: 2012-04-25
County Attorney Bill Cockett revealed the wishes of the recently formed synthetic drug committee at Thursday night’s County Commission meeting. Having presented each of the members of the county board with a copy of a proposed resolution, Cockett informed that, despite a recent bust on businesses in the region that have been selling the dangerous materials, the committee felt that Johnson County should not be one of the only counties or municipalities to not pass a ban on synthetic drugs.   Full Story

The Kitchen Garden

Date: 2012-04-25
By Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Johnson County Longhorns beat Happy Valley Warriors 11-5

Date: 2012-04-25
The Longhorns started the week off right, pulling in a big win against the Happy Valley Warriors on the road Monday night. Johnson County played very well overall, making good contact on the ball while holding back the Warriors both at the box and in the field. The Longhorns were off to a good start with three runs in both the first and second innings, but, despite gaining a substantial lead, Coach Pete Pavusek refused to let down his guard. “After the Sullivan Central game earlier in the season, even with six runs I’m scared. I had two guys ready to go on the mound. I’m not taking anything for granted any more. It doesn’t matter if its six runs or 60 runs.”  Full Story

Softball tourney provides experience for Lady 'Horns

Date: 2012-04-25
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns traveled to Knoxville last weekend to take part in the Knox Gibbs Girls Fast Pitch Softball Classic. The second tournament of the season, it was another prime opportunity for the team to try their hand against some large and very talented schools. Unlike their earlier tournament in South Carolina, the brackets for this tournament were already set with officials moving teams around as necessary.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns display potential as they beat Happy Valley 6-4

Date: 2012-04-25
The Lady Longhorns were able to finally catch a break for the week with a defeat over the Happy Valley Lady Warriors. The game started off on a good note thanks to three consecutive walks by Happy Valley’s pitcher that ultimately resulted in two runs from Abby Reece and Ashley Arnold. Even more remarkably, the same pattern continued into the second inning, with two more runners taking base on walks.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns lose to University High 5-2

Date: 2012-04-25
Despite a valiant effort by several on the team, the Lady Longhorns could not seem to get off the ground in their game against the University High Lady Bucs. There was a notable lack of drive from the team overall, and despite repeated attempts to get the girls back into the game; a visibly disappointed Coach Dana Smith was unable to prevent the game from being a loss. “Their intensity just wasn’t here tonight,” said Smith. “We probably shouldn’t have even played, because they didn’t want to play. That’s my opinion. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s what I saw. They were flat again today. When you are flat and you don’t take care of business in the box you deserve to lose. I don’t have an answer. They need something but I just don’t know what it is.”  Full Story

Longhorns top off winning streak with victory over Sullivan Central

Date: 2012-04-25
The Johnson County Longhorns topped off a spectacular winning streak with a big victory over the visiting Sullivan Central Cougars Friday evening. For the third consecutive time, the Longhorns put down a team that had defeated them earlier in the season. Coach Pete Pavusek seemed very happy with the team’s performance but also attributed some of the success to the sport’s unpredictable nature. “You know, teams and seasons have a lot of ups and downs. We’ve had some downs but right now we’re in an up. It’s a roller coaster ride every time you take the field. Every year you just never know what’s going to happen. It’s just like with a hitter, sometimes you go into a slump and sometimes you’re hot as fire. It’s a humbling game. Some days you can be on top of the world and knock off a really good team and next day you roll right over and lay an egg. You don’t know what to expect, but we’re playing well right now. I’m pleased.”  Full Story

Unicoi Lady Blue Devils defeat Lady Longhorns 10-0

Date: 2012-04-25
Playing despite a steady downfall of rain, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns took on the Unicoi Lady Blue Devils at home last week, but were unfortunately handed another defeat. With only two bases earning hits in the whole game, Johnson County’s biggest trouble was lack of contact with the ball.   Full Story

Longhorns pull off huge upset over Unicoi

Date: 2012-04-25
Even with gloomy weather it was an exciting night in Erwin on Tuesday as the Johnson County Longhorns took to Baxter Field for the second time this season. Johnson County had worked very hard to prepare for their bout with the Unicoi County Blue Devils and thanks to a spectacular effort from the pitcher’s mound, managed to pull off a huge upset with a very narrow 1-0 win.   Full Story

Johnson County young stars shine brightly during annual talent show

Date: 2012-04-25
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Sources for Johnson County local history

Date: 2012-04-25
Do you want to add to or refresh your knowledge of the history of Johnson County? As Johnson County Historian, my aim is not only to collect area history, but also to promote the history of Johnson County and East Tennessee as well.   Full Story

Local Titanic expert presents program on ill-fated vessel

Date: 2012-04-18
Residents and visitors to Shady Valley were treated to a special free presentation on the Titanic at the Shady Valley Elementary School Saturday night. Conducted by local minister and Titanic expert, Howard Taylor, the presentation coincided with the 100th anniversary of the famous ship’s tragic sinking on the night of April 14, 1912.   Full Story

Relay for Life hopes to light track with 2012 bags

Date: 2012-04-18
This year the Relay For Life of Johnson County will celebrate a milestone as it holds its 15th campaign for the American Cancer Society. To commemorate the special year, the committee has issued a new challenge to the community to line the track with 2,012 luminaria bags.   Full Story

Second Harvest Food Bank needs help to win $1 million

Date: 2012-04-18
Walmart and Facebook recently announced a joint venture that will award $2 million dollars to food pantries across the United States. Nearby Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee was among the 200 locations chosen to participate in the “Fighting Hunger Together” endeavor. The grand prize of $1 million will be awarded to one location and 20 more food banks will win $50,000 grants each.   Full Story

Litter problem in Johnson County continues to worsen

Date: 2012-04-18
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Timothy Hill seeks State House District Three seat

Date: 2012-04-18
Timothy Hill is seeking the Republican nomination for State Representative in District 3. Hill is building his campaign on seeking and implementing bold solutions for the region and being accessible to the citizens of the 3rd district.  Full Story

Johnson County wins 12-2 in five-inning game against Hampton

Date: 2012-04-18
The Longhorns finally found their enthusiasm playing against the Hampton Bulldogs Thursday night. In one of their best outcomes of the season, Johnson County ended up on top 12-2 in a five-inning game. Harley Reece put up one of his best overall performances both defensively on the mound and offensively at bat. Most notably Reece landed a huge two run homer after already batting in two runners earlier in the game and pitched all five innings, with four Bulldog Strikeouts.   Full Story

Johnson County played a solid defensive game against Sullivan North

Date: 2012-04-18
It was a busy week for the Longhorns as the traveled Monday night to Kingsport to take on the Sullivan North Golden Raiders. Fortunately the long drive didn’t seem to affect how the team played, and Johnson County was quick to get their first runners up on the board thanks to good contact on the ball by Ryan Smith, Judd Hammons, and Dusty Stout.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns take 5-3 win over Sullivan East

Date: 2012-04-18
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns were back on top of things in their home game against the Sullivan East Lady Patriots. Strong defenses from both teams kept the score low and kept runners away from home plate for the majority of the game, but rapid success in the first and sixth innings allowed Johnson County to pull ahead, taking away a 5-3 win.   Full Story

Longhorns battled hard into last inning

Date: 2012-04-18
The Johnson County Longhorns put up a strong fight in Bluff City last week, travelling to take on the Sullivan East Patriots. It was a game of highs and lows, as the Longhorns initially came out of the first inning trailing by one run, only to blow past the Patriots in the fourth inning thanks to a string of hits that allowed Johnson County to take home four times.   Full Story

Cyclones beat Lady Longhorns in 18-15 win

Date: 2012-04-18
With both teams fighting fiercely for the win, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns went into an all out battle against the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones at home Thursday night. It was a game full of action as both teams struggled defensively to keep their opponent off the scoreboard. Despite making 15 runs and a whopping 18 base earning hits, the Lady Longhorns still came up three runs shy of the victory.   Full Story

Patrick Grayson shares his experiences as owner of Mad Hatters ABA basketball team

Date: 2012-04-18
By Teresa Cunningham  Full Story

Gambill and Woodall entertain Navy sailors aboard USS Eisenhower

Date: 2012-04-18
Johnson County’s Billy Gambill, a familiar voice on local radio station, WMCT, was among those who recently boarded the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 as part of an endeavor to support members of the United States military in 2012. Although he was back on land and left his sea legs aboard the massive ship, Gambill’s excitement over his journey was still palpable. John Woodall, a member of the musical group, Brother Gravity, invited Gambill to play along with the rest of the band members, Brett Sigmon and Kevin Brawlee, on the ship as part of the Adopt-A-Solider program. Although plans were in the works by the end of January, the group did not know when or where their flight would embark and where they would land. Gambill, who has been playing drums for over 20 years, is the owner of Gambill Entertainment. He is a busy man and has his own band, Dodgion and Gambill, as well as being the co-choir director and song leader for First Christian Church. On Saturday morning, March 30th, Gambill packed up and drove down to Charlotte, North Carolina to meet up with the rest of the band. From there they headed to Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia and prepared to fly 400 miles out over the cold waters of the Atlantic. The group, along with the Washington Redskin Cheerleaders and members of the United States Tennis Association, boarded a C2 Carrier On Delivery, otherwise known as a COD plane, for a two and a half hour flight. The group landed on the massive USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, commissioned in October of 1977and was named after the 34th president of the United States. According to Gambill, the super carrier, the equivalent of four city blocks long, is considered the most powerful and technologically advanced warship in the world. She is as long as the Chrysler Building if it was placed on its side and weighs 86,000 metric tons. Despite her size, she is the fastest ship of her kind in the fleet and can go anywhere in the world. As they approached the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, the plane suddenly decreased from 200 miles an hour to zero in just three seconds. “It felt kind of like a roller coaster suddenly coming to a stop,” Gambill said. “You are booking!” He explained the plane hits the flight deck at full power in what is referred to as an arrested landing. As the hatch opens, the drone of the noisy jets was a constant noise. Gambill was thankful for the earplugs and ear sets giving them protection on the flight deck. Once the group left the plane, they had to exert caution as there was a risk of getting too close to an engine and being pulled in with the powerful force, blown off the deck or clipped and maimed by the propeller plane. The ship has approximately 5,000 officers and crew onboard. According to Gambill, life aboard a ship can be mundane as they often spend six to nine months out to sea. “Everyday is Monday,” he said. In addition to the music of Brother Gravity, the crew of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was able to enjoy a TRX competition and Xbox Madden tournament. The United States Tennis Association delivered and set up a 36-foot modular tennis court through the generosity of Sport Court. They donated the racquets and nets to the crew for future use.   Full Story

Johnson Countians have made an impact on history

Date: 2012-04-18
Johnson County Citizens Have Made Bold and Impacting Decisions During the Course of History   Full Story

Kevin Parsons is seeking District Three House seat

Date: 2012-04-11
With Johnson countian Scotty Campbell’s recent decision to step down at the end of his term as Tennessee’s Third House District Representative, long time Mountain City businessman and former Town of Mountain City Mayor, Kevin Parsons, announced he is seeking the GOP nomination for that seat. Parsons has spent two decades as a business owner and one third of his life as a public servant. He has been active in a wide variety of civic and community activities, which include past president of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party. Parsons served as a town official for 14 years, including four as town of Mountain City mayor. He served as a director on the First Tennessee Development District and Vice Chairman of the First Tennessee Human Resources Agency. Parsons said that serving on these boards has allowed him to expand his network of fellow legislators from all across Tennessee. “When I need assistance, I won’t have to ask the question of who I call or what something is about. I will be job ready on day one,” said Parsons. “I will be a representative of the people from the third district and will not answer to the special interest groups in Nashville.”  Full Story

Sarah Lawson appointed new Mountain City judge

Date: 2012-04-11
It was a mixed bag at last week’s monthly city council meeting, with a variety of topics being discussed by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. One of the hot topics of the evening was the reappointment of several city officials. Long time employees, Public Works Director Bob Eller and Chief of Police Denver Church were both reappointed without issue, along with City Attorney Steve McEwen and City Recorder Sheila Shaw who were both approved for two-year terms. Shaw came into her position after the retirement of longtime Recorder and City Judge Terry Reece. Because of state laws at the time Reece’s two positions had to be held by different people and attorney Randy Fallin was initially chosen to take the judgeship.   Full Story

Lifestyles and poverty affect county health

Date: 2012-04-11
By, Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

There's still time for another frost

Date: 2012-04-11
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in early February as he peered out of his den on Ground Hog Day, predicting six more weeks of winter for the United States.It seems this renowned rodent was off the mark this year as much of the country has enjoyed an early spring with unseasonably warm temperatures.  Full Story

Cloud Nine And A Half issued license

Date: 2012-04-11
The doors of Cloud 9 Emporium on Route 421 have appeared to be closed for the past few weeks. The business license, issued to Dan Bickley, 937 Rhea Road, Mountain City, Tennessee, expired on March 31, 2012. At this time, it does not appear to have been renewed. However, Ed Seals has applied for a new business license under the name Cloud 9 and a Half. The business application indicates the store will be selling tobacco products. The location of the business on the recently issued license was 981 Rhea Road in Mountain City, Tennessee. Officials contacted by The Tomahawk are in agreement that there appears to be a connection between the new business known as Cloud 9 and a Half and the recently closed Cloud 9 Emporium. More information will be forthcoming as it becomes available.  Full Story

Cyclones win on home field against Longhorns 10-0

Date: 2012-04-11
The Longhorns bad luck for the week continued on despite a break in the weather. Playing an early Good Friday game against the Cyclones in the home of the Elizabethton Twins, Johnson County was greeted with a crisp, clear spring day. Having been postponed from Tuesday because of rain and storms at the beginning of the week, the change was a welcome sight, but seemingly did little to lift the spirits of the team or help them find the drive to put up a good fight against the Cyclones.  Full Story

Despite loss, Longhorns bring in more hits than Unicoi Blue Devils

Date: 2012-04-11
It was a very rough week for the Johnson County Longhorns. Like the weather, things began on a very gloomy note, with a postponement of Monday’s game against Unicoi until Wednesday, and another delay after a wet start Tuesday against the Elizabethton Cyclones. Unfortunately, the team’s outcome in both games didn’t help the overall mood.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns travel to Charleston to compete in girls' fast pitch tourney

Date: 2012-04-11
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns traveled to Charleston, South Carolina last week to compete in the Girls Fast Pitch Azalea Invitational Tournament. Playing Monday and Tuesday at the Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex at Gahagan Park in the town of Summerville, the girls faced a lineup of strong teams from around the Southeast.   Full Story

JCMS baseball finishes week strong

Date: 2012-04-11
The JCMS Baseball Team ended the week strong after hitting a bump in the road early in the week. The Jr. Horns finished the week posting a 3-1 record on a pair of wins on Thursday and a win on Friday. JCMS enters the month of April with a three game winning streak and a 7-1 overall record.  Full Story

Snyder powers Jr. Lady 'Horns to victory over Unaka

Date: 2012-04-11
It was a hard-fought, defensive contest but the Johnson County Lady Jr. Longhorns (5-3) (2-0) finally proved victorious by beating Unaka 4-2 and securing another Little Watauga Valley Conference victory.  Full Story

Recalling the days of milking Old Jerz with my grandma

Date: 2012-04-11
By Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Ray Branch's portrayal of Peter Marshall is inspiring

Date: 2012-04-11
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Old Tomahawk Yields Interesting Information

Date: 2012-04-11
It is a delight for me to browse through some of the old newspapers that I have in my home office. That is especially true when the newspaper is a predecessor of The Tomahawk. That was the case when recently I pulled a September 15, 1904 edition of the Tennessee Tomahawk from my files. I began reading it and soon was able to get an inkling of that era in Johnson County as well as some affairs of state and national interest from seeing the advertizing and news articles that were offered at that time.   Full Story

Kelly Horne faces charges for embezzlement

Date: 2012-04-04
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) arrested Kelly Horne, a former Johnson County employee, for her alleged role in a case involving stolen monies from the Johnson County Solid Waste Transfer on Wednesday, March 29, 2012. She had been indicted by the Grand Jury in Johnson County the previous Friday.   Full Story

First local Vietnam casualty, Worley Hall, memorialized at park

Date: 2012-04-04
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Bill to allow display of Ten Commandments passes Senate, House; on Haslam's desk now

Date: 2012-04-04
Tennessee State Senate gave its approval this past Monday, March 26, 2012, to a bill that would permit local governments to erect displays of historically significant documents, including the Ten Commandments, in public county buildings and county grounds. The legislation, known as the “Public Buildings” bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and the House. It allows for the display of the Ten Commandments to accompany other historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, United States and Tennessee State Constitutions.  Full Story

Land deed scam warning

Date: 2012-04-04
A homeowner in Johnson County has recently contacted the local Register of Deeds office with concerns regarding a final notification for payment they received concerning their current deed. The mail comes from the Record Retrieval Department in Nashville, Tennessee wherein they recommend all homeowners purchase a copy of their deed. The notification contains land value identification, lot code, document number, property zone, legal property address, use code and property identification and appears to be a legitimate bill.   Full Story

Jennifer Icenhour charged with theft of Little League funds

Date: 2012-04-04
On Tuesday, March 28, 2012, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office arrested Jennifer H. Icenhour on an indictment presented to the Johnson County Grand Jury. Icenhour was the treasurer for the Johnson County Little League in 2010 and 2011 seasons. The Johnson County Board of Directors went to the Johnson County District Attorney General's office and requested an investigation into money and funds missing from the Johnson County Little League account. The District Attorney General's Office forwarded the complaint to the Johnson County Sheriff's Office for further investigation. The investigation led to Icenhour being charged with Theft Over $1,000 by embezzlement. She was arrested on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 and transported to the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. Bond was set for $5,000 and Icenhour is scheduled to be in Johnson County Criminal Court on April 18, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.  Full Story

Tonya Burton charged with theft from attorney's office

Date: 2012-04-04
On Thursday, March 29, the Johnson County Sheriff’s office arrested Tonya M. Burton after an investigation into theft and fraud from a local attorney’s office. According to Sheriff Mike Reece, his office began this investigation in January after the attorneys in the office of Grayson, Wright and McEwen discovered that there had been some checking account transactions made without approval. After a lengthy investigation and review of records, investigators discovered that Burton who had been employed by the law office had allegedly made these unauthorized transactions. This evidence was presented to a Johnson County Grand Jury and an indictment was returned charging her with theft over $1,000 and eight counts of forgery.  Full Story

Kevin and Tim Keene charged with theft of scrap metal belonging to county

Date: 2012-04-04
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested two individuals Thursday, March 29, 2012 for allegedly selling scrap metal that was property of the county and selling it for personal profit after they were indicted by the Johnson County grand jury. Charged in the case is a former Johnson County employee and his son.  Full Story

Taking a step back in time

Date: 2012-04-04
Once the United States became involved in World War II, my grandmother was one of the many women who went to work for Uncle Sam state side. Having spent years working in a factory that made furniture, she was assigned to help build torpedoes. Just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capitol, there was a plant built in 1918 that originally made torpedo shell casings and then torpedoes.  Full Story

Patriots' last turn at bat sealed fate; Longhorns lose 3-9

Date: 2012-04-04
The Longhorns began their game against the Sullivan East Patriots on a good note, bringing in three runs at the beginning of the first inning thanks to a big double from Harley Reece that batted in Daniel Helm and Jacob Henson, along with an earlier run from Chad Hodgkiss. Yet, despite that early jumpstart, the Longhorns failed to follow through, gaining only one more base earning hit in the remaining six innings and striking out nine times.   Full Story

Longhorn baseball team ends dry spell with big win

Date: 2012-04-04
The Johnson County Longhorns baseball team seems to have found a new focus, ending a dry spell with a big victory over the Happy Valley Warriors. After losing to Happy Valley on the opening night of the season, the Longhorns were ready and determined not to have the same results at home. With a big first inning that started off with a double from Judd Hammons and eventually resulted in the first of four runs, Johnson County was quick to prove that they meant business.   Full Story

University High Lady Bucs win close game against Lady Longhorns

Date: 2012-04-04
The Lady Longhorns came up just short again in a very close home game against the University High Lady Bucs. With a strong defense from both teams the game went by rapidly. Although there was good contact on the ball, most hits resulted in an out as both teams were able to make numerous catches. Even more troubling for the Lady Longhorns was a strong University High pitcher who threw more than 50 strikes resulting in 6 strikeouts.  Full Story

Lady Longhorns win close game against Hampton

Date: 2012-04-04
Johnson County Lady Longhorns wins close game against Hampton  Full Story

Cloudland's defense helpless against Longhorns

Date: 2012-04-04
Cloudland’s defense helpless against Longhorns  Full Story

Cyclones come away with win over Lady Longhorns

Date: 2012-04-04
In a second tough loss for the week the Johnson County Lady Longhorns were unable to overcome the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones on the road. Gaps in Johnson County’s normally strong defense and continuing troubles at bat plagued the game. Further complications came from a recent injury for freshman pitcher Cindy Eddington, who managed to pitch four innings before turning the mound over to Hope Nelson. Fortunately Nelson put up a strong performance, providing the only strikeout against the Lady Cyclones the whole evening.   Full Story

JCHS tennis claims several wins over Sullivan North

Date: 2012-04-04
The Johnson County boys and girls Varsity Tennis teams took on the Sullivan North Raiders at Borden Park in Kingsport last week. Playing six singles matches and three doubles, the boys dominated the courts taking in 8 wins to 1. The girls, who are primarily freshmen and are still in the learning process, made several strides of their own gaining their first win of the season thanks to Dawn Lewis and holding their own in several other matches.   Full Story

JCHS JV baseball strong in work ethics

Date: 2012-04-04
The 2012 JCHS JV Baseball club is short on experience, but strong in the areas of work ethic and character. They have shown a strong desire to learn the game of baseball. As of Monday, April 2nd their record stood at 3-2 after five games. Sophomore Jake Sutherland is off to a strong start offensively; reaching base nine times (four hits, three walks, and two hit by pitches) in this first 15 plate appearances, for a .600 on base percentage. Sophomore catcher Blade Hampton has been on base 67% of the time, hitting cleanup (fourth in the lineup). Hampton has three hits, including a double, six walks, and has been hit by a pitch. Freshman Harley Stout, is also off to a consistent offensive start with a .462 OBP%. Stout has three hits, a walk and has been hit by three pitches. He also has two stolen bases. Sophomore Sam Thomas has hit the ball hard from the third spot in the batting order. Junior, Andy Woods, has played nice defense in centerfield, left field, and third base (when Thomas is pitching). Freshman Adam Worley is improving every area of his game. Every player on the roster has made a contribution at some point. Junior Judd Hammons, Thomas and Sutherland have led the pitching staff. Hammons has 12 strikeouts in 8 and 1/3 innings pitched. Thomas has two wins on the mound, and Sutherland struck out eight of the nine Cloudland Highlander batters he faced on Thursday, March 29th.   Full Story

Under the Sea raises the bar on children's theater

Date: 2012-04-04
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Two great deals for our country

Date: 2012-04-04
I think everyone likes a great deal now and then. I like to find good quality, low priced items that I can use. But, I don’t believe a bargain for bargain’s sake is good policy. Someone once said, “A bargain isn’t a bargain if you don’t need the item you’re buying at a bargain.” That’s generally true unless you see a future need.   Full Story

TBI charges Kelly Horne with Theft of Funds

Date: 2012-03-29
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a former county employee for her alleged role in a theft case involving funds from the Johnson County Solid Waste Transfer station after she was indicted by the Johnson County grand jury late last week.  Full Story

Tomahawk's Anniversary Edition ... "In Our Own Backyard"

Date: 2012-03-28
This week's Tomahawk is our 2012 Anniversary Edition with the theme "In Our Own Backyard." We explore various places, people and events that make Johnson County unique and special to all who call it home and those who visit us briefly or keep coming back for more of the mountain experience.   Full Story

DEA teams up with multiple counties to raid area synthetic drug businesses

Date: 2012-03-28
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), along with local authorities from Washington, Sullivan, Carter and Johnson Counties conducted raids on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in stores across the region selling synthetic drugs that contain specific ingredients that have been deemed illegal and banned under federal law.   Full Story

Potter, Curd bound over to Grand Jury

Date: 2012-03-28
Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, Jr. and Jamie Lynn Curd, charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth, appeared in Sessions court this past Wednesday, March 21, 2012, for a hearing to determine probable cause. The bonds for both Potter and Curd had been set at $1.5 million each and both men remain in the custody of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.  Full Story

Candidates still qualifying to run in upcoming election

Date: 2012-03-28
Johnson Countians will have the opportunity to vote on August 2, 2012 for Johnson County state representative, tax assessor, two school board positions, as well as constable in one locale. In order to run for office, there are a number of prerequisites that must be met before someone can be qualified to run for local positions.  Full Story

Ronnie Eller hospitalized after stabbing

Date: 2012-03-28
Mountain City Police are investigating a stabbing that took place on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Village Apartments on South Shady Street. The victim was identified as 36 year-old Ronnie Eller. According to Mountain City Police Officer Joey Norris, Eller remains hospitalized at this time. The matter is under investigation.   Full Story

Music is an important part of worship

Date: 2012-03-28
On any Sunday in churches all across Johnson County, music will be an important part of the worship service. In some churches the great old hymns of the ages will be sung. In others more modern praise choruses will be featured. And in others both styles of songs will be a part of the service. I think both methods of praising God are great. Either method can raise our spirits and inspire us to be more dedicated to the cause of Christ.  Full Story

Coach hoping tough games serve as learning experience

Date: 2012-03-28
The Johnson County Longhorns faced a rough night at home against the Elizabethton Cyclones as they dealt with shortfalls in several key elements of their game. For head coach Pete Pavusek the real challenge has been consistency. “We had bad pitching and base running, but hit the ball half decent. We’ve got to put it all together. We have to have defense, pitching, and hitting. You can’t just do one out of three. We hoped the pitchers would be ready, but you’ve got to have somebody who can be on in the second inning. It’s very frustrating. You get the bigger schools, and you have to come with your A game if you want to win. You can’t just go through the motions and hope for the best. When you play bigger schools you’ve got to play hard seven innings. Sullivan East, Unicoi, Elizabethton, North, it doesn’t matter, you can’t just come out and go through the motions, and I think that’s what we are doing,” said Pavusek.  Full Story

Longhorns pull a solid 7-4 victory over the Holston Cavaliers

Date: 2012-03-28
In the first consecutive win of the season, following a close game with Sullivan North, the Johnson County Longhorns pulled a solid 7-4 victory over the Holston Cavaliers. Johnson County seems to be picking up some speed following a few early setbacks. Senior Andy Stout pitched the majority of the game, throwing out a whopping 121 pitches, with 73 strikes overall and seven strikeouts. Starting off a little shaky in the first after surrendering four Cavalier runs, Stout came into his own, helping to prevent a single Cavalier run for the rest of the game.   Full Story

Greeneville beats Lady Longhorns 3-0

Date: 2012-03-28
The Lady Longhorns had a disappointing evening against the Greeneville Lady Green Devils Monday night. Despite holding strong defensively in a back and forth game that saw very few runs but a whole lot of effort, the Lady Longhorns could not put out the offense needed to bring home a win. For Coach Dana Smith the biggest problem the girls faced was knowing when to swing and when to wait. “If we would have hit earlier it might have been different. We had problems hitting early in the game. I believe the girls think too much when they get in the box, or at least more than they should. We’ve been working on it, to keep them from just reacting, seeing the pitch and hitting the ball, but I think they are starting to analyze a little too much instead of just hitting. That was our problem last night, lack of hitting,” Smith said.  Full Story

Longhorns' loss against Sullivan Central is hard to swallow

Date: 2012-03-28
Johnson County’s up and down ride this season continued as the Longhorns took on the Sullivan Central Cougars on their own turf, resulting in a disappointing seventh inning loss. Having played strong and led the game right up to the very last turn at bat, the defeat was hard to swallow, leaving a visibly frustrated Coach Pete Pavusek simply stating, “It was a tough ball game to lose.”  Full Story

JCHS tennis gearing up for a new season

Date: 2012-03-28
The Johnson County High School tennis program is gearing up for another successful season, having already competed in two early matches that have shown both promise and potential. This season Coach Steve Nave will have the challenge of helping both the boys and girls teams become the best players they can be. With each player having their own unique strengths and weaknesses, Nave will have his hands full, but seems more than ready to accomplish the task. “Our biggest strength right now is leadership, especially with the boys. Our top three are solid players and are really helping the younger players that are coming along. We only had one girl back from last year, since the others graduated, so it’s been tough with them. But they are really going to be good. They’re very athletic and they really want to play. They are working to get better,” Nave said.  Full Story

Coach Gentry optimistic about this year's track team

Date: 2012-03-28
The Johnson County High School track team has been practicing hard in preparation for the first meet of the season next month. For returning Coach Penny Gentry, the line up this year seems to be strong, and even with an increased number of freshmen competitors, seems to be very well balanced overall. “We’re just hoping to have a good season,” said Gentry. “I think we have a better chance of sending someone to state this year. To get there we’ll have to go through conference, sub-sectionals, sectionals, and then to state. In sub-sectionals we are facing teams from Knoxville and the rest of East Tennessee, and sectionals are going to be held in Chattanooga this year. We’re going to have a lot of competition there.”  Full Story

Lady Longhorns deliver big win over Sullivan East

Date: 2012-03-28
The Lady Longhorns continue to amaze, taking on another tough team and delivering a big win. This time around Johnson County faced off against the Sullivan East Lady Patriots, and led with a consistently strong show of offense, while relying on an equally strong defense to keep their opponents at bay. Ending in the second mercy ruled game of the week, Johnson County was only able to play five innings, but still managed a total of 16 runs and 16 base earning hits.   Full Story

Johnson County held Raiders at bay

Date: 2012-03-28
Coming on the heels of a tough loss the night before, the Johnson County Longhorns were willing and able to show that they were far from out of the running this season, taking on the Sullivan North Raiders in a knock down drag out game that was close right to the last inning. Thankfully some strong pitching by Ryan Mahala, along with a series of timely hits by Daniel Helm, Jacob Henson, Judd Hammons, and Dusty Stout, allowed Johnson County to hold the Raiders at bay and land the one run they needed to take home the win.  Full Story

Johnson County Middle School baseball this week

Date: 2012-03-28
The Jr. Longhorns ran their record to 4-0 on the young season with two victories last week. JCMS blanked T.A. Dugger Middle School 10-0 and handed Unaka Middle School a 12-1 loss. The Longhorns have outscored their opponents 44-1 during their current four game winning streak.  Full Story

Johnson County Middle School softball this week

Date: 2012-03-28
Monday March 19 JCMS defeated Hampton 17-3 to move to 3-0 on the season. Brianna Snyder faced 16 batters allowing 2 hits, struck out 2 and allowed 1 earned run.  Full Story

Jennifer Icenhour charged with Theft Over $1000

Date: 2012-03-28
Jennifer Icenhour, 1433 Jenkins Hollow Road, Mountain City, TN was arrested Wednesday, March 28, 2012 and charged with Theft Over $1000. The charges are connected to alleged missing funds from the Johnson County Little League program.   Full Story

PIckin' green beans in Johnson County in the good old days

Date: 2012-03-28
By Virginia R. Manuel  Full Story

Coming up THIS WEEKEND

Date: 2012-03-22
This is coming up THIS WEEKEND   Full Story

Town passes moratorium against synthetic drugs

Date: 2012-03-21
The Town of Mountain City held a second and final reading of Ordinance Number 1283 that established a moratorium on the sale and distribution of synthetic drugs or substances on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Mayor Keeble, Aldermen Morrison, Icenhour, and Jordan voted for the passage of the ordinance. Alderman Crosswhite was unable to attend.  Full Story

Commissioners look at local synthetic drug issue

Date: 2012-03-21
A large crowd of concerned citizens made their presence felt at Thursday night’s March meeting of the Johnson County Commission. Representing several organizations including various churches and the ACTION Coalition, the crowd gathered for the purpose of showing their desire to have the commission take action against the growing synthetic drug problem in the county. Demonstrators have been actively protesting, and many local towns and counties, including Mountain City, have begun taking action of their own.   Full Story

Morefield acquitted of arson charges

Date: 2012-03-21
Morefield acquitted by jury  Full Story

Help halt senior citizen medical alert service fraud

Date: 2012-03-21
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) needs your help in stopping the fraudulent telemarketing of medical alert services. Marketers have placed unsolicited phone calls to elderly consumers to pressure them into buying medical alert services. The services purportedly allow the consumers to receive help during emergencies by pushing a button on a pendant.  Full Story

The sinking of the Titanic and other facts about 1912

Date: 2012-03-21
April 15, of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic, the British luxury liner that was supposed to be one of the safest ships of all time. Built at a shipyard in Belfast, Ireland, she sailed April 10, 1912 on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The gigantic ship hit an iceberg a glancing blow at 11:40 the night of April 14, beginning the ship’s doom. The great ship sank the next day at 2:20, taking with it more than 1500 souls. There were 2,223 passengers on board.   Full Story

Happy Valley beats Longhorns in opening day game

Date: 2012-03-21
Johnson County.....................8  Full Story

Tough start to season as Uncoi Blue Devil trounce Longhorns 13-3

Date: 2012-03-21
It was another tough evening for the Johnson County Longhorns as they took to the road to meet the Unicoi County Blue Devils. Despite an early start that saw both teams on even footing, a devastating third inning left the Longhorns far enough behind that officials called for a mercy rule ending following the fifth inning. Considering how the season has started, Coach Pete Pavusek was understandably a little disappointed. “We’re not playing very well right now. We’ve got to weather the storm and gradually get better because right now we’re not a very good team. That’s part of baseball, part of growing up, and part of moving along in the season.”  Full Story

JCMS baseball gets two big victories to start season

Date: 2012-03-21
The Johnson County Middle School Baseball Team started their 2012 baseball campaign on a positive note with a pair of non-conference victories. JCMS opened their regular season schedule with a convincing 10-0 decision against the Jr. Cyclones of T.A. Dugger Middle School. Less than 24 hours later, Johnson County picked up win number two by handing Avery County Middle School a 12-0 defeat.  Full Story

Despite loss, Coach Smith pleased with Lady Longhorns' performance

Date: 2012-03-21
The Lady Longhorns had their first real challenge of the year against the Cherokee Lady Chiefs in their first official game at home. Even though the game resulted in a one run loss for Johnson County, Coach Dana Smith still seemed well pleased with her team’s ability to fight back and handle the pressure that a school like Cherokee can deliver. “We knew coming into it that Cherokee was a good team, but we don’t like to shy away from anybody. I just wish that the way we fought back and came back in that game that we could have pushed it on over the edge, but we learned a lot. I learned a lot. I learned what my players were capable of at that point and at that pressure, who folded and who stepped up. It taught me that aspect of it because it was a high pressure game and up to this point we haven’t been in a high pressure game,” she said.  Full Story

Longhorns win game thanks to late run in 6th inning

Date: 2012-03-21
The Johnson County Longhorns were able to lay claim to a narrow victory over the Hampton Bulldogs despite an ominous sky that ended up resulting in a lengthy delay to the game. Winning by just one run late in the game, the Longhorns faced a much tougher team of Bulldogs at the first official home game of the season. Yet, after two tough losses earlier in the week, Johnson County was ready to change their fortune and thanks to a couple of well placed hits and a lot of hustle, the Longhorns earned a final score of 6-5.  Full Story

Lady Longhorns soundly beat Unaka Lady Rangers

Date: 2012-03-21
The Lady Longhorns dominated opening night in Stoney Creek, taking on the Unaka Lady Rangers and bringing home a 13-1 win. Controlling the game both offensively and defensively, the Lady Longhorns were uncontested for the first five innings, making 18 hits overall and striking out six Unaka batters thanks to freshman pitcher Cindy Eddington.   Full Story

JCMS softball knocks off Avery; Sullivan North

Date: 2012-03-21
Tuesday, March 13  Full Story

The fight against dementia

Date: 2012-03-21
Most of us have had moments where we forget where we placed our cup of coffee, the book we were just reading and even the keys to the car. Some of us have even asked our friends to help us remember something, only to have that friend later ask with a puzzled look on their face, “Now what was I supposed to remind you of?” While many of us will often laugh or make fun of ourselves, it becomes worrisome as the incidents of memory lapses and forgetfulness increase.  Full Story

Scotty Campbell will not seek a second term in House

Date: 2012-03-21
State Representative Scotty Campbell (R-Mountain City) issued the following statement today with regard to his reelection campaign:   Full Story

Fight against local sale of synthetic drugs continues

Date: 2012-03-14
Local residents continue to express concern over the sale of synthetic drugs in Johnson County. In recent weeks, protests had been held outside of Cloud 9 Emporium on Route 421. Mountain City government officials have decided to take immediate steps against the sale of these products   Full Story

County votes with state on Santorum

Date: 2012-03-14
Johnson County voters fell in sync with Tennesseans across the state as they cast their ballots in the Presidential Preference Primary held this past week. With 19.90 percent or 2,085 of the county’s registered voters turning out at the polls, including absentee and early voting totals, Johnson Countians voted 41.35 percent for presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.  Full Story

Water, sewer problems top City Council meeting

Date: 2012-03-14
The town of Mountain City Council met in regular session last Tuesday night. Troubles with the water and sewer system were the top items again, as the Board of Alderman now tackles the city’s telemetry system. Telemetry allows workers to monitor the fullness of tanks, and if water is flowing through the lines. Water plant manager Andy Garland came to the commission last month to bring up the subject citing its immediate importance. With the current telemetry system outdated and often malfunctioning city workers have to check the tanks and lines manually.   Full Story

School Board hears report of successful Mobile Health Unit

Date: 2012-03-14
By Teresa P. Cunningham  Full Story

Anatomy of a Sunset

Date: 2012-03-14
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

Johnson County and the American Civil War

Date: 2012-03-14
A cloud of war hovered over America in the years leading up to 1861. Strong passions were coming together in regard to slavery, states rights and other issues. It all culminated into a four-year storm of bloodshed when on April 12, 1861 Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter; a federal stronghold in Charleston, South Carolina. Federal troops returned fire and it was the be-ginning of the American Civil War. The war ended on April 9, 1865, at the Appomattox Court-house when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Last year marked the 150st Anniversary of that war. America’s freedom from the tyranny of King George of England had been hard won in the Revolutionary War and many years since a Civil War was about to rend it into two separate governments.   Full Story

Rebels’ offense hopeless against Johnson County

Date: 2012-03-14
After being postponed by cold and snowy weather on Monday, the Johnson County Lady Longhorn softball team was ready to take on the Patrick Henry Rebels in the first full scrimmage of the season. Unfortunately Mother Nature seemed determined to thwart their plans as a slight drizzle at the beginning of the game grew progressively worse, ultimately shortening the round to five innings.   Full Story

When Electricity Came to Johnson County

Date: 2012-03-09
Living in modern day America and Johnson County in particular, I believe we take many of our blessings for granted. As one who has been around a while, I remember when times were definitely more difficult. When I was growing up in Johnson County and if I remember right, there were few really wealthy folks in Johnson County, and many that were wealthy had the advantage of inheriting much of their wealth.   Full Story

Bradley Howard charged with attempted murder of deputy

Date: 2012-03-07
On February 29, 2012 Deputy Adam Guinn of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, received injuries while on duty. During the early morning hours, he responded to a call regarding a theft. While at the residence, Guinn began a chase on foot as the suspect fled. Following a struggle that resulted in the capture of the subject both went into the creek and were submerged in water. The officer received an injury to his lower extremities. Based on the high possibility of hypothermia and the length of time for emergency workers to get the officer to safety, Guinn was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center. According to Sheriff Mike Reece, Guinn has returned to work.  Full Story

Citizens picket against synthetic drugs

Date: 2012-03-07
Johnson Countians came out this weekend to three events in opposition of the sale of synthetic drugs in the county. Dwayne Dickson, pastor of First Christian Church, was instrumental in spearheading the movement of local residents against these dangerous yet still legal drugs.  Full Story

Doe students honor last year's tornado victims while they celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday

Date: 2012-03-07
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, would have celebrated his 108th birthday this past Friday. Seuss, whose books are well loved by children and adults alike, wrote more than 60 children's books.   Full Story

Is climate change affecting weather?

Date: 2012-03-07
By Lacy Hilliard  Full Story

A day in the life of a Johnson County EMT

Date: 2012-03-07
By Susan Whitney  Full Story

Community takes a stance against synthetic drugs

Date: 2012-02-29
A group of concerned citizens attended the monthly A.C.T.I.O.N Coalition meeting this past week as representatives from the sheriff's department gave a presentation on synthetic drugs. Much of the country has been plagued with this growing epidemic.  Full Story

Waterworks in Memphis

Date: 2012-02-29
It's been almost a year and a half since my husband and I took a trip out to Kansas to meet our new grandson. On the way back, we decided to take the southern route and visit Memphis and Nashville before meandering back to the mountains of Johnson County.   Full Story

Seniors Payne and Main showcase some of Johnson County's talent

Date: 2012-02-29
Competing alongside some of the best in the region, two of Johnson County High School’s senior volleyball players recently took part in an Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) all star match up at Patrick Henry High School in Glade Springs, VA. For Miranda Payne and Shannon Main, it was a chance to showcase some of Johnson County’s talent. Rising to meet the challenge, both girls performed very well in a tough series of rounds against an equally talented group of challengers. It was state versus state as Tennessee took on Virginia in a best of five competition that left Tennessee on top four wins to one.   Full Story

Season ends for Longhorns with loss to South Greene Rebels

Date: 2012-02-29
In the last basketball game of the season the Johnson County Longhorns took on the South Greene Rebels for their only regional match up. Facing a senior-loaded team who had already carried their district this season, the Longhorns were hard pressed to keep up with a strong Rebel offense that included several excellent shooters. With only a few days to plan for the game, Coach Austin Atwood realized the challenge his team would face, but tried to implement a strategy to gain the upper hand. Unfortunately, even the best laid plans often go wrong.  Full Story

When Electricity Came to Johnson County

Date: 2012-02-29
Living in modern day America and Johnson County in particular, I believe we take many of our blessings for granted. As one who has been around a while, I remember when times were definitely more difficult. When I was growing up in Johnson County and if I remember right, there were few really wealthy folks in Johnson County, and many that were wealthy had the advantage of inheriting much of their wealth.   Full Story

Longhorns' strong effort not enough; Sullivan North takes win

Date: 2012-02-29
In the third and final game of the District 1 AA tournament at Unicoi County High School, the Johnson County Longhorns took on the Sullivan North Raiders for the third time this season. Fans had a hopeful first half, with Johnson County initially keeping the lead in a close first quarter. The Longhorns went into the second at 18-15 on the board after staying steadily ahead of their opponent thanks to a lot of offensive pressure. Unfortunately, after losing the lead with just seconds left in the half, Johnson County was unable to regain their grip, and was consistently trailing the Raiders for the remainder of the game.   Full Story

Tax time again

Date: 2012-02-29
By Susan Whitney  Full Story

Commissioners table constable issue until later

Date: 2012-02-29
The Johnson County Commission met for its regular monthly session Thursday night. One of the hot topics of the evening was an item on the agenda to discuss the removal of Constable as an elected county position. Although Johnson County has had constables for most of its existence, legal trouble concerning a constable who recently resigned has led to questions of county liability. Although in the past Constables had more prominence in the various communities around the county, in the modern setting they are primarily of assistance to the sheriff’s department in serving papers.   Full Story

February is National Career and Technology Education Month

Date: 2012-02-29
The Johnson County Commission met for its regular monthly session Thursday night. One of the hot topics of the evening was an item on the agenda to discuss the removal of Constable as an elected county position. Although Johnson County has had constables for most of its existence, legal trouble concerning a constable who recently resigned has led to questions of county liability. Although in the past Constables had more prominence in the various communities around the county, in the modern setting they are primarily of assistance to the sheriff’s department in serving papers.   Full Story

Penley, Walter make job changes at Tomahawk

Date: 2012-02-22
With spring on the horizon, exciting things are happening at The Tomahawk as Jill Arnold Penley has been recently promoted to the position of advertising manager. Rita Hewett, the previous advertising manager, is relocating back to Florida.   Full Story

Rainbow Paper brings employment to county

Date: 2012-02-22
When Jim Lewis, owner of Rainbow Paper Products, decided it was time to retire, he contacted his longtime business associate, Phil Houser. In just a short time, Houser and his financial manager, Jeremy Boulinger, made the decision to open Rainbow Paper, Inc., continuing the business of making paper bags and products and bringing new jobs to Johnson County.   Full Story

Four arrested on meth charges

Date: 2012-02-22
On Friday February 17, Johnson County Sheriff's Office along with Mountain City Police Department, discovered an operational Methamphetamine Lab on Depot Street in Mountain City. According to Sheriff Mike Reece officers were looking for another subject when they discovered the methamphetamine lab. After the discovery, officers took four subjects into custody, Robert Courtner Jr., John D. Trivette, and Hunter Atwood. These three subjects were charged with Initiation of the Process to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Felony Drug Paraphernalia, and Child Abuse. Another subject was arrested in relation to this. Sheriff Reece tells us that Karen Fletcher was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Department of Children Services was contacted to remove three children. The Mountain City Fire Department responded to the location to assist with the decontamination of the subjects. The Tennessee Meth Task Force response Truck responded to assist with the cleanup. This investigation is ongoing.   Full Story

Potter and Curd bonds set at $1.5 million each

Date: 2012-02-22
Marvin Enoch “Buddy” Potter, Jr. and Jamie Lynn Curd have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Billy Clay Payne, Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth. The bond for the accused had been increased to $750,000 per charge, for a total of $1.5 million each.  Full Story

Why are gas prices so high?

Date: 2012-02-22
Gasoline prices across the nation have reached an all-time record high as the average cost of fuel reached $3.513 in 2011. With prices at the pump increasing on an almost daily basis, there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight.   Full Story

Will Rogers: an American Humorist

Date: 2012-02-22
Sometimes I like to reflect on the past. I am particularly interested in the men and women who were able to keep us laughing during the dark times of economic depression and the horrors and rigors of the wars that our nation has faced. There were a number of comedians and humorists who served in that capacity in years past. Some I remember in particular are Jack Benny, George Burns, Bob Hope (I saw him in person in Johnson City several years ago), Carol Burnett, and Lucille Ball. Those folks were prominent during my lifetime. There were many others of course who evoked a laugh or two during the difficult times of our nation.   Full Story

Longhorns defeat the Unaka Rangers for come back win

Date: 2012-02-22
Going up against the Unaka Rangers in the last home game of the season, the Johnson County Longhorns fans were given the opportunity to see their team make a big come back not once but three times, ultimately coming up with a very close win despite trailing behind for the majority of the game. Beginning with a first quarter initially led by some early Johnson County gains from Quentin Wright, the Longhorns eventually fell behind and were unable to regain the lead until the last two minutes of the fourth.   Full Story

Lady 'Horns lose last game of regular season

Date: 2012-02-22
Playing in the last scheduled game of the season without the pressure of a win or loss affecting their position going into the tournament, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns seemed to be more focused working on some of their game strategies and techniques than the final outcome of the game. Yet, despite having less pressure for the win the Lady Longhorns did not give the Cloudland Lady Highlanders an easy victory either.   Full Story

Young players gain experience despite losing to Cloudland

Date: 2012-02-22
In a special Pink Out Relay for Life game that featured the Cloudland Highlanders and the Johnson County Longhorns, fans, coaches and players all sported pink attire in support of cancer awareness. A special cupcake sale was held as a fundraiser and even the visiting Johnson County Longhorns were given pink shoelaces to join in the festivities.   Full Story

Stretch 101

Date: 2012-02-22
It's Tuesday morning in the fellowship hall at First Christian Church. As a group gathers to begin their senior stretching class, the room is full of chatter and laughter. It's the sound of friends greeting friends. Their time together is as much about socializing as it is stretching out their muscles.  Full Story

Murder investigation continues, court documents reveal tumultuous history

Date: 2012-02-15
Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate what could have led to the double murder of Billy Payne Jr. and Billie Jean Hayworth in Johnson County on January 31st. Court documents reveal a history of shouting matches, harassing telephone calls and threats of violence that pitted 30-year-old Jenelle Potter, and eventually her parents and a friend, against Payne and Hayworth, people she interacted with on the internet.  Full Story

City council approves 'gradual' update to water department’s telemetry system

Date: 2012-02-15
Johnson County/Mountain City economic coordinator Karla Prudhomme came before the city council at this month’s meeting to request permission for the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce to take over the annual Pumpkin Festival in October. Prudhomme explained that the Chamber had not officially voted to take on the festival yet, but were waiting to hear the city’s decision. If for some reason the Chamber voted against, Prudhomme assured the city that she, along with Sunflower Festival coordinator Barbara Coyne, would work on the Pumpkin Festival personally.   Full Story

An Indian Journey

Date: 2012-02-15
By Lacey Hilliard  Full Story

President Abraham Lincoln: a Great President

Date: 2012-02-15
Perhaps Sunday, February 12, slipped by without fanfare for many folks. For many Johnson County people, the day might have con-sisted of Church, lunch at one of our nice restaurants, and a lei-surely afternoon perusing the newspaper, trying to keep up with what’s going on in the world, state and county. With the low tem-peratures we have been experiencing the last few days it was tempting indeed to stay in the house a lot.  Full Story

Longhorns lose close battle to Unicoi Blue Devils

Date: 2012-02-15
In the second surprise beginning for the night, the Johnson County Longhorns were on top of their game right out of the gate, making quick gains against a seemingly disoriented team of Unicoi Blue Devils. Picking up a free throw and layup from Brian Dempsey just over a minute into the game, the Longhorns were well on the board before Unicoi made their first score. By the end of the first quarter, the Blue Devils had managed to put up five against a strong Johnson County defense, but were seven behind the Longhorns with 12.   Full Story

Lady 'Horns lose, but not without a fight

Date: 2012-02-15
Facing off against the number one ranked team in the conference is a tall order for any team, and considering the brutal loss they endured against Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils only a few weeks ago, the Lady Longhorn’s fans had little hope for their team’s victory Friday night. However, Johnson County burst onto the court with the singular intent to prove they should not be taken so lightly. In the first two minutes alone, Sarah Swift, Brooke Brown, and Brandy Dugger had landed baskets, while an off guard Lady Devil offense began to falter, giving them an early dry spell with nothing on the board.  Full Story

SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYERS HONORED

Date: 2012-02-15
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for photos of the JCHS Basketball Seniors who were honored on Monday evening.   Full Story

Potter, Curd charged with first degree murder of Payne, Hayworth

Date: 2012-02-08
Two men have been charged with first degree murder in the shooting deaths of a Johnson County couple found dead in their home last week.  Full Story

Synthetic drugs for sale in county

Date: 2012-02-08
The widespread use of dangerous synthetic drugs now plagues much of the country from coast to coast. Initially appearing in the United States approximately two years ago, these products, often marketed as bath salts, or incense and potpourri, can be purchased with ease on the internet, neighborhood convenience stores, gas stations and locations selling tobacco and its accessories. It has made its appearance in Johnson County.  Full Story

Cornell found guilty of falsifying election documents

Date: 2012-02-08
On Monday, January 23, 2012 at 9:00am, Constable Benny Joe Cornell went on trial by jury at the Johnson County Court House in Mountain City, TN. Cornell was charged and found guilty of False Entries on an Official Registration Document during the 2010 election. He was fined $1,000.00 and a sentencing hearing date of April 5, 2012 at 9:00am was set. False Entries on an Official Registration Document is a class D Felony.  Full Story

Laurel Creek, Virginia Creeper trails' connection plans ongoing

Date: 2012-02-08
While the winter weather in northeast Tennessee is not typically conducive to outside projects, it hasn't slowed down the members of the Johnson County Trails Association (JCTA) from making plans for further expansion. The organization, formed in 2001, is focused on the development of 87 miles of trails throughout the county. With these trails, JCTA members have aspired to connect the many communities throughout the county, providing a scenic setting that would allow visitors and residents alike to enjoy all the area has to offer, be they cyclists, walkers or equestrians.  Full Story

A vacation with a purpose

Date: 2012-02-08
This past spring, Carol and Duane Peterson left Mountain City to fulfill a dream they aptly coined a vacation with a purpose. Their trip to Sweden and Denmark proved not only an opportunity to serve their Lord but to also realize a long-held desire to visit their ancestral homelands.  Full Story

Patriots sweep season series in win over the Longhorns

Date: 2012-02-08
By Jonathan Pleasant  Full Story

Wills was determined to get his man

Date: 2012-02-08
As I was thinking about my column for this edition of the Tomahawk, my wife was looking through some items she had stashed away and found an article that she thought might be interesting to my readers. I agreed.   Full Story

Laurel Creek, Virginia Creeper Trail's connection plans ongoing

Date: 2012-02-08
While the winter weather in northeast Tennessee is not typically conducive to outside projects, it hasn’t slowed down the members of the Johnson County Trails Association (JCTA) from making plans for further expansion. The organization, formed in 2001, is focused on the development of 87 miles of trails throughout the county.  With these trails, JCTA members have aspired to connect the many communities throughout the county, providing a scenic setting that would allow visitors and residents alike to enjoy all the area has to offer, be they cyclists, walkers or equestrians.  Full Story

Two local deaths being investigated

Date: 2012-02-01
ARREST MADE - According to a Tri-Cities news station arrests were made today in the Johnson County double murder case wherein Billy Payne, Jr. and Billie Hayworth were found dead at their home last week.  Full Story

Owners legally responsible for animals running at large in TN

Date: 2012-02-01
At the recent January commissioners' meeting, Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter raised concerns over the increasing number of phone calls received by the sheriff's department pertaining to animals at large. These calls are not limited to dogs and cats, but include horses and livestock. At this time, Johnson County does not have its own animal control program in place.   Full Story

Jimmie Rodgers Had a Short but Exceptional Career

Date: 2012-02-01
A number of important events occurred in 1927. Charles Lindberg piloted “The Spirit of St. Louis” nonstop from New York to Paris, a heroic feat that was celebrated across the world and was the talk of the nation. That also was the same year that Babe Ruth slammed his 60th homer, a remarkable record at the time. Also, in that year Ford Motor Company saw its 15 millionth Model “T” car come across the assembly line. It was the car that had put America on wheels with its simple design and low price tag. Too, it was the year of the first real talking movie: “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson.   Full Story

United Way trying to reach goal to avoid funding cuts

Date: 2012-02-01
The United Way of Mountain City/Johnson County is struggling to meet its campaign objectives for 2012. They are approximately ten percent away from attaining the $38,500 goal that helps fund agencies throughout the county.  Full Story

Longhorns cap winning night with victory over Happy Valley

Date: 2012-02-01
In the fourth win of the night following two Junior Varsity blowouts and a close girls Varsity game, the Johnson County Longhorns completed the set, maintaining their lead over the Happy Valley Warriors throughout the game to finish 44-38. Coming out of a strong first two quarters, Johnson County faced a determined and re-energized team of Warriors in the second half but still persevered despite a few setbacks.   Full Story

Horns win against rivial Bulldogs

Date: 2012-02-01
Taking on their rivals in a nerve-rending close Homecoming game, the Johnson County Longhorns met the Hampton Bulldogs in an emotionally charged atmosphere that had fans on both sides cheering as loud as they could. Lagging behind in the first quarter, the Longhorns began to pull their game together in the second and held on to the lead with everything they had. The final outcome was up in the air to the very last second, but when the dust settled the Longhorns had prevailed 44-41.  Full Story

Lady 'Horns have huge win over Warriors

Date: 2012-02-01
Following a couple of rough setbacks the Lady Longhorns were back home in Mountain City Tuesday night, as they took on the Happy Valley Lady Warriors for the second time this season. Remembering a painful loss their first time around, the Johnson County girls were ready and willing to prove that they had what it takes to come out on top against the Lady Warriors. In a phenomenally close game that wound up going into an equally close overtime period, the Lady Longhorns pulled ahead thanks to two essential steals by starter Brionna Reece, sending Happy Valley home disappointed 53-51.  Full Story

Council keeps the arts alive and well locally

Date: 2012-02-01
The Johnson County Arts Council strives to bring an awareness of the arts to the people of Johnson County. They promote local artists who work with all forms of medium from the novice just beginning to dabble to the more seasoned veterans who have expressed their artistic abilities all their lives.   Full Story

Sudoku Solution

Date: 2012-01-25
This week's Sudoku Solution   Full Story

A Memory-making Trip to New Guinea

Date: 2012-01-25
Local resident Nancy Bailey recently embarked upon a vacation that took her from the mountains of Johnson County to Papua, New Guinea and on to Australia before a final stop in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her memories and photographs allow us to leave American culture behind for a short time and gives us a glimpse into a world so very different than our own.  Full Story

Three arrested on meth manufacturing charges

Date: 2012-01-25
On January 23rd, 2012 officers from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office responded to a welfare check on a child at a residence on Gentry Creek Road in the Laurel Bloomery community of the county. Upon arrival officers spoke with the owner of the residence, obtaining permission to enter the residence. Upon entrance methamphetamine manufacturing components were discovered.  Full Story

Three charged with attempted murder of Laurel Bloomery couple

Date: 2012-01-25
Three men previously arrested in North Carolina last year have recently been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and a host of other criminal charges relating to home invasions and shootings that occurred in Johnson County in 2010 and 2011.  Full Story

County roads at top of the agenda for commissioners

Date: 2012-01-25
Road Superintendent Tony Jennings came before the Johnson County commission for approval of the 2012 road list. There were only a few slight changes to the list, with no planning commission approved roads and Divide Road as the only official addition. Although turned over to the county with the completion of the new Highway 91 bypass, Divide Road could not be added until this year due to late notification.   Full Story

Redistricting seeks to ensure equal representation for all

Date: 2012-01-25
According to federal and state laws, every ten years counties across the nation are required to redistrict and reapportion their voting districts based on the United States Census findings. The task of the Johnson County 2011 Redistricting Committee was to submit a proposal that would ensure equal representation for all its residents.  Full Story

Exploitative Child Labor used for Cocoa Production?

Date: 2012-01-25
I have to admit I spent a large portion of this past week as a news junkie and continuously flipped through the channels perusing the different political pundits’ take on the Republican primaries. A non-political segment popped up that caught my attention and has forever changed my views on eating chocolate. Did you know that the chocolate we enjoy and are encouraged to eat in moderation for our health is sadly linked to child labor?  Full Story

The Medicine Show: An Entertainment Option of Yesteryear

Date: 2012-01-25
Folks like to be entertained. Playing games for entertainment probably began when ancient man began to find time for things other than survival. Personally, some of my fondest memories are playing checkers or Rook while visiting with neighbors in my youth. While there were several ways to be entertained then, there are greater opportunities for entertainment today. The entertainment industry has exploded in the last few years. In my own 73 years, I have seen the advent of Radio, Television (even 3DTV), the Internet, electronic games, digital cameras, movies in color and many other advances in entertainment. Recorded music went from the old highly breakable 78 rpm records, to 45 rpm vinyl records, to 33 1/3 rpm Long-Play records, to 8-Track tapes, to cassettes tapes, to Compact Discs.   Full Story

Horns lose tough game to Cyclones

Date: 2012-01-25
Going up against Elizabethton for the second time this season, the Johnson County Longhorns put up a hard fight but were unable to gain any ground against the Cyclones. Despite a hard loss at 47-73, the game will be remembered not so much for its outcome but because it was the last game for one of the Longhorns’ own.   Full Story

Lady 'Horns late spark not enough

Date: 2012-01-25
In a second tough game for the week, the Johnson County Lady Longhorns went out against the Elizabethton Cyclones on their own turf and were dealt a strong blow. Struggling through a first half that was eerily similar to their earlier bout in Unicoi, the Johnson County girls finally began showing a spark of enthusiasm late in the game but were just too far behind to make up the difference.   Full Story

Local chamber reports advertising scam

Date: 2012-01-19
A company is soliciting advertisements by local businesses for maps of Mountain City and Johnson County, but is not affiliated or endorsed by the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, as they claim.   Full Story

Zack Bennett bags 700-pound Elk on Hunting Trip

Date: 2012-01-17
Zack Bennett, a junior at Johnson County High School, has recently fought the battle of a lifetime. He was diagnosed in June of 2011 with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that can be found in the lymph nodes, liver, spleen and other sites throughout the body. Just two weeks out of intensive radiation treatment, he embarked on an adventure to make a dream come true.  Full Story

School Board to add synthetic drugs to ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy

Date: 2012-01-17
With winter weather looming, the Johnson County Board of Education met on Thursday evening and immediately got down to business, launching an initiative to combat synthetic drugs in local schools by approving the first reading of a “zero tolerance” policy for the offense in the school system. Although the board already has a stringent anti-drug policy in place, ever-changing, unknown formulas for mimic drugs render ambiguity to the current policy. This addition to the policy should take care of that.   Full Story

Missing Local Woman could be linked to possible Serial Killer

Date: 2012-01-17
According to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece and Ashe County, NC Sheriff James Williams, convicted murderer Frederick Hammer has confessed to killing Julie Lovett, a local woman who has been missing since 2001.  Full Story

Weather On My Mind; Hoping Mild Weather Will Prevail

Date: 2012-01-17
I think you will agree that we have had a very mild winter so far here in Johnson County. If my memory serves me well, last winter was one of the coldest I have ever experienced. Maybe there were colder ones when I was younger, but I guess I’ve just become more sensitive to the cold. Don’t laugh; I sus-pect I’m not by myself. There has been very lit-tle snow as yet and that suits me just fine. I have often said that I wouldn’t mind the snow if it didn’t fall on the roads. But unfortunately it falls on the roads creating very slick roads, espe-cially Johnson County’s back roads.   Full Story

Patriots outplay Longhorns for Victory

Date: 2012-01-17
The Johnson County Longhorns were faced with a long, tough night coming out against the Sullivan East Patriots. Yet, even with the odds against them the Longhorns would not back down and gave the Patriots no easy victory. Following a junior varsity game filled with fouls, three-point shots, and an intense offense, the Johnson County boys knew what to expect, but did not balk at the challenge before them.   Full Story

Girls lose a close one to Sullivan East

Date: 2012-01-17
The Johnson County Lady Longhorns continued to thrill their fans and shock their rivals as they met the Sullivan East Lady Patriots in a back and forth home game with no end to the action. Despite facing an opponent that many thought would dominate the court, the Lady Longhorns put on a phenomenal show of determination and effort that forced the Lady Patriots to earn every basket.   Full Story

Damascus in running for America's “Coolest Small Town” contest

Date: 2012-01-16
Neighboring Damascus, Virginia is one of 10 finalists in “America’s Coolest Small Towns” competition. After a record 79,187 online votes, this small mountain town with a population of 1,066 is currently in fourth place but working to regain the top position. Budget Travel contacted Richard Smith, Damascus’ web master, about two months ago to inform the town they are in the running for the title.   Full Story

Counterfeit bills circulating

Date: 2012-01-11
Local merchants should be on the lookout for counterfeit $20 and $100 bills, which are in circulation in Johnson County, said Mountain City Police.  Full Story

Frank Grayson, master fiddler and craftsman, dies at home at age 81

Date: 2012-01-11
Johnson County native Frank Grayson, age 81, of 421 N. Church Street, Mountain City, TN passed away Sunday, January 8, 2012 at his residence. He loved old time music, was a master fiddler and a master craftsman. Over the years he played with various well known musicians including Doc Watson and Tom Ashley and his Tennessee Merry Makers. Frank is listed in the music archives at East Tennessee State University and Appalachian State University.   Full Story

Grant will cover 80 percent of bridge cost

Date: 2012-01-11
The repair of a deteriorating bridge across Goose Creek, near Village Apartments was one of the big topics at the January Town of Mountain City Council meeting. Members of the board of aldermen approved a grant application to receive possible funds from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. If made available, the grant would cover 80 percent of the cost leaving the city a 20 percent local match. Such grants are only made available where a city street meets a state highway, requiring the city to name the road that the bridge gives access to. Mayor Lawrence Keeble announced that discussion had been held concerning the naming of the street and Village Square Lane had been proposed. Meeting with approval from the rest of the city council, a motion to accept the street name was made by Alderman Kenny Icenhour and approved across the board. Although the street runs all the way from the highway to the apartments, city maintenance will end just past the bridge.   Full Story

New addresses for some county residents

Date: 2012-01-11
The Johnson County Emergency Communications District (ECD) announced today that recent updates to about 1100 addresses across the county were completed in order to reflect proper addressing standards for public safety.   Full Story

Norma Ransom continues to touch lives of Johnson County children

Date: 2012-01-11
Norma Snyder Ransom, one of five sisters, grew up in the Dry Run area of Johnson County. She knew from a young age that she wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Throughout her life, Ransom has indeed touched the hearts of Johnson County's youth, from the youngest of babies all the way up to high school seniors.  Full Story

More Mountain City History

Date: 2012-01-11
While looking through some old Tomahawk newspapers recently, I came across an article dealing with Mountain City and some of its unique history. The late Tom Gentry, longtime Johnson County Historian, contributed the article. The headline was “Mountain City Celebrates Its 100th Birthday.” The date of the paper was July 16, 2003 and the 100-year mark was figured from the date of the first recorded town council meeting on January 29, 1903. According to the Tomahawk article, there was no indication that town council meetings were held nor minutes taken before that date. That first meeting of the Town of Mountain City was held at the law office of Donnelly, Butler & Donnelly with Mayor E. E. (Edward East) Butler presiding. Aldermen J. W. Wright, J. A. Wilson, R. A. Long and R. E. Donnelly also attended the meeting. Using the 1903 date, the town would be 109 years old this year.   Full Story

Sullivan North wins over Longhorns 66-52

Date: 2012-01-11
The Johnson County Longhorns faced a tough challenge competing against the Sullivan North Raiders, coming up short despite a fierce battle that at one point brought the Longhorns within seven points of taking the lead. Starting off on a bad note, Johnson County was down by more than ten coming into the second quarter and continued slipping all the way to halftime. A rally halfway through the third put the Longhorns in a much better position but were unable to ever overtake the Raiders, ending the game 52-66.   Full Story

Lady 'Horns win first conference game over Raiders

Date: 2012-01-11
It was an emotionally charged night in Mountain City, as the Johnson County Lady Longhorns took on the Sullivan North Lady Raiders. Coming on the heels of a tense boys junior varsity game that ended in a double overtime victory, the home team crowd was pumped and excited as the Lady Longhorns made their way onto the court. With every Johnson County bucket the roof felt like it would lift off with the cheers and shouts of elated fans, and the Johnson County girls did not fail to impress.   Full Story

Tennessee's new voter ID law in effect as of January 1st

Date: 2012-01-04
As a new law that will require Tennesseans to show photo identification when they vote goes into effect January 1, Division of Elections officials are continuing their voter outreach efforts.  Full Story

Honeycutt faced weight issues and changed her life

Date: 2012-01-04
Many people experience an “aha” moment that ultimately changes everything and for Crystal Honeycutt, now a coach and fitness guru, it was an seemingly ordinary day in September of 2003, when her post pregnancy weight reached up to 215 lbs.   Full Story

Loggers assure residents care is being used while cutting timber on Stone Mountain

Date: 2012-01-04
For much of the past year, several logging companies have been busy clearing acreage on privately-owned property on Stone Mountain in the Crackers Neck area of Johnson County. Concerns by some residents living in the nearby areas have been raised regarding both the aesthetic and environmental aspect of the project.   Full Story

Huge hay fire

Date: 2012-01-04
When a wagon load of hay caught fire on Forge Creek Road Friday night, the driver was able to pull the vehicle to the side of the road and unhook his truck and remove it from harm’s way. For a time there was concern that the blaze might damage light wires overhead, but there was little to do but watch until the fire department arrived. It took only a few minutes for fire fighters to diminish the inferno to a heap of smoldering rubble in a cloud of smoke and steam. No damage was sustained to the surrounding buildings and houses, but the wagon and its load of hay were a complete loss.  Full Story

A Bit of Johnson County and Mountain City History

Date: 2012-01-04
Johnson County was 175 years old in 2011. A bill was introduced to the 21st General Assembly of Tennessee in December of 1835 to form a new county out of northeast Carter County and to call it Johnson County in honor of Thomas Johnson (late), a prominent and respected citizen of what would become Johnson County. The bill passed and was enacted on January 2, 1836 and a new Tennes-see County was born.  Full Story

Lady 'Horns lose two games; win third in tournament action

Date: 2012-01-04
The first round of the 2011 Johnson City Honda Christmas Tournament was held at Daniel Boone High School, and pitted the Johnson County Lady Longhorns against the Meigs County Lady Tigers in the last game of the day. Facing off against a team they knew little about, the Lady Longhorns put up a valiant fight but were ultimately defeated by a storm of successful Meigs County three-pointers. With 13 in all, nearly two thirds of the team’s final 60 point score came from the long range baskets.  Full Story

Cherokee Braves slip by Longhorns

Date: 2012-01-04
The JCHS Longhorns made the journey down to Cherokee, North Carolina last week to take on the Cherokee High School Braves. The game was close all the way through but the Longhorns could never quite overtake Cherokee, ending the game 66-69. Yet, despite the loss, the Longhorns did very well, especially considering the long drive and differences in North Carolina’s rules.   Full Story

UKC Hunting Beagle World Championship held in Trade

Date: 2012-01-04
For the first time the United Kennel Club (UKC) hosted its annual Hunting Beagle World Championship event in Tennessee, and even more amazingly,  out of the whole state chose the Trade community as the particular site. This decision was made largely because of the efforts of the Doe Valley Sportsman Association, and members Art Fenner and Woody Crowder in particular. Working with the UKC, the Doe Valley group was eventually picked to host the championship but quickly realized that their facility on Cross Mountain Road might not be suitable to handle an event of this size.   Full Story

A YEAR IN REVIEW - Tornado top story of 2011

Date: 2011-12-28
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for a synopsis of the stories affecting Johnson County and the region on a month-by-month basis.   Full Story

Governor visits Doe Mountain; possible ATV trail talks continue

Date: 2011-12-28
State and Local officials are continuing discussions for acquiring more than 8,600 acres of Doe Mountain in the heart of Johnson County. During his recent trip to the county, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam visited the mountain to get an idea of what the state would be dealing with. Although nothing is yet final, the next scheduled sale for the property is on January 31st.   Full Story

Lady Horns gain confidence with win over Northwood High

Date: 2011-12-28
Sometimes playing another team that you know very little about can have bad consequences, but for the Lady Longhorns in their game against Saltville, VA’s Northwood High it provided a much-needed boost in confidence. Carrying a respectable 41-36 victory at home energized the Johnson County girls and showcased the team’s hard work.   Full Story

Longhorns enjoy big home win over Northwood

Date: 2011-12-28
With a runaway first half against the Northwood High School Panthers, the Johnson County Longhorns took an opportunity to gain some much needed experience for their younger players. The end result was a home game win of 69-53 which saw not only varsity but many junior varsity players get on the board. According to assistant coach David Arnold, “It went pretty good considering that we didn’t really know anything about them. We didn’t know what they had at all. Once we got into the game we got to play a lot of kids, which is what you want to do in a game like this. I think for the most part we did well. We did a lot of good things; we had some good rebounds. We got to run a lot of our sets; overall we’re pleased with the win.”  Full Story

Time slips away, 2012 on the horizon

Date: 2011-12-28
There is a country music song titled, “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away.” Now I know the word “ain’t” is frowned on by many grammarians, but it is used often as a contraction of are not, am not, is not, has not, or have not and it seems to be gaining some ground as an accepted word in today’s informal speech. I think the song itself is about a failed romance, but the words of that song title reminds me that time indeed does slip away. This past year in a sense slipped away. It doesn’t seem so long ago that 2011 made its debut.  Full Story

Harvey Burniston, Jr. retires from career center

Date: 2011-12-27
Harvey Burniston, Jr., a long-time fixture at Johnson County Career and Technical Education Center, said his last goodbyes this past week as school closed for winter break. He explained that he always knew he wanted to retire while he was still making a positive difference in the lives of his students. After working for Johnson County schools for approximately 30 years, Burniston made that difficult decision.  Full Story

Jennings seeks to dissolve county road commission

Date: 2011-12-21
Road superintendent Tony Jennings was present at the December county commission meeting to make a request to begin the process of dissolving the county road commission. Following the passing of Clint Howard, the commission was down to two members, Terry Shull, who was appointed to finish his late father Earl Shull’s term, and Rhonda Reece Because Shull’s term has now expired, Jennings felt that it might be more efficient to simply do away with the road commission and use that money to hire Reece for a part-time position performing the same duties.   Full Story

Butler Park scene of live Christmas nativity drama

Date: 2011-12-21
The first annual “Christmas in Butler Park” was held Saturday, December 17th and featured a live nativity production complete with animals. The ceremony kicked off with a live portrayal of the Christmas story narrated by several guest speakers and was followed by the first official lighting of the Butler Christmas tree. Closing out the celebration, guests were treated to hot apple cider provided by Iron Mountain Inn and Doughnuts thanks to Food Country. The event was organized by the Butler Ruritan, who also provided cupcakes and hot chocolate.  Full Story

Giving Should be a Given in Light of God’s Gift

Date: 2011-12-21
Giving is a highlight of the Christmas season. The concept of giving is no better epitomized than in our Heavenly Father’s gift of his Son who died a sacrificial death on the Cross and it would seem to me that giving would be a natural outgrowth of a celebration of Jesus’ birth.   Full Story

Horns end losing streak with Chuckey Doak win

Date: 2011-12-21
The Johnson County Longhorns competed well in the first game of the Sullivan East FCA Shootout in Bluff City, TN. Taking on the Chuckey Doak Black Knights, the Longhorns managed to pull out a strong win, ending a four game losing streak. The game started off slow for the Longhorns, with the first quarter ending down by 4 and only 2 ahead by half time. According to #10, Andy Stout, “Were usually a one half team, either the first half or the second half. So, I guess we just decided to play the second half tonight. Our defense needed to be a little better. We had some defensive plays we needed and there were some shots that we should not have taken, but we did better on the turnovers. Fortunately, the effort was really good tonight. We just get it and go.”  Full Story

Lady Horns still confident after tough loss to Elizabethton

Date: 2011-12-21
The Lady Longhorns were faced with yet another tough challenge, this time from the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones. In a 24-60 loss that seemed eerily similar to last week’s bout with Cloudland, Coach Todd Whittemore seemed surprisingly confident that his team would be able to overcome this recent slump. “I told the girls that after two bad losses in a row at home, we want people to get on the bandwagon not get ‘em jumping off. We’re going to make a couple of changes. Some of our older varsity players we haven’t been playing in JV, and we are now. I told those girls, ‘hey be ready to play maybe eight quarters a night’. We’ve got to get better and I don’t know if that’s been the case these last two games. I know we played some really good teams. I’m aware of that, but I just feel we could have competed better.”  Full Story

MORE SPORTS - MORE OF EVERYTHING

Date: 2011-12-21
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon, for more articles and sports including -   Full Story

Governor Haslam visits Johnson County

Date: 2011-12-16
Several months ago, Governor Bill Haslam was en route to Johnson County to meet with Johnson Countians and due to unexpected weather conditions, his trip was canceled. With a promise to return, he arrived this past Friday to a courtroom full of local citizens eager to meet with Tennessee's chief executive.  Full Story

Christmas television Specials 2011

Date: 2011-12-16
We thought our readers might be interested in the upcoming Christmas specials on television. This list does not attempt to list every program with Christmas content, but was compiled by Forever Christmas Radio to help plan this year’s Christmas viewing.   Full Story

Grindstaff performs with group at White House

Date: 2011-12-14
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colorado  -- The Air Force Academy’s a cappella group “In the Stairwell” performed at the White House for a holiday reception Friday, Dec. 8, 2011.  Full Story

Doublewide owner sues city; Mountain City files countersuit

Date: 2011-12-14
In response to a decision made by the Mountain City Planning Commission, Randy Glenn has filed a lawsuit against Mountain City regarding the placement of his doublewide. While this case began as an alleged violation of a city zoning ordinance, Mountain City has now filed a counter suit regarding compliance of Tennessee state codes.  Full Story

Clarification to Lassiter lawsuit

Date: 2011-12-14
Tammy Lassiter’s attorney, Perry Stout, says there are discrepancies in last week’s story in The Tomahawk as well as other news media concerning his client’s case against the county. Stout says the lawsuit stems exclusively from the October 2010 drug charges against Lassiter and does not involve any of the other charges placed at that time. As stated in the article, all charges were dropped on May 19, 2011.   Full Story

Schools exceed state average in all subjects

Date: 2011-12-14
Accolades swirled during Thursday evening’s meeting of the Johnson County Board of Education as the State Department of Education’s report card was presented, the announcement was made that Mountain City Elementary was named one of the top five percent performing schools in the state and the board received a five-star award for exemplary employee management.   Full Story

Longhorns fall short in rematch with Cloudland

Date: 2011-12-14
Following a very narrow defeat to Cloudland in the John Battle High School tip-off tournament just a couple of weeks ago, the Johnson County Longhorns played the Highlanders once again, this time at home. But, even with that advantage, it seemed as though a totally different set of teams were on the court, as Cloudland jumped to an early lead and never let up.  Full Story

Lady 'Horns handed defeat by Highlanders

Date: 2011-12-14
It was a tough night for the Lady Longhorns who faced a harsh defeat at the hands of the Cloudland Lady Highlanders. The Johnson County girls never gave up but consistently lost ground throughout the night, ending in a 23-60 defeat. The game kicked off in the first quarter with a three-pointer from Cloudland and steadily deteriorated from there.  Full Story

JCHS loses heartbreaker to Happy Valley

Date: 2011-12-14
In a game that kept fingers crossed to the very end, the Johnson County Longhorns put on an amazing show against the Happy Valley Warriors Tuesday night. With a final score of 39-41 Johnson County was narrowly defeated after pulling back from a more than 10-point deficit in the third quarter. “We just lost that game in the first half. We just came out not ready to play,” said Coach Austin Atwood. “When you play Charlie Bayless in his own gym being down 10 is like being down 15 or 20 with anyone else. We had to fight so hard two different times to get back into the game. We’re not ready to play 32 minutes of full court like that. We didn’t rebound well and I hate to compare to how they passed out there.”  Full Story

Couple's wildlife rescue efforts save many animals

Date: 2011-12-14
When Geri and Keith Wynn decided to retire in northeast Tennessee, they were looking for property in a wooded and isolated setting to enjoy peace, quiet and tranquility. Approximately 20 years ago, their plans to enjoy a simple life soon changed. The Wynns are the owners of Wynn*Wood Wildlife Rehabilitation, a center for injured wildlife located just over the Johnson County line.  Full Story

Historical Society Publishes Pictorial History of Johnson County

Date: 2011-12-14
At its inception the Johnson County Historical Society’s primary mission was to research and make available the history of Johnson County and to preserve it for future generations. Formed in 1977, The Society has not veered from those objectives during its 34-year existence. The society created the Historical Society Museum after the log building that also houses the Welcome Center was built in 1991. The museum is located in the South side of the building and many visitors have entered its doors during the last 20 years.   Full Story

Lassiter files lawsuit against sheriff, county mayor, drug task force

Date: 2011-12-07
A lawsuit was recently filed in Greenville Federal Court against Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter and the First Judicial Task Force. Local attorney Perry Stout filed the suit on behalf of Tammy Lassiter, who claims the defendants violated her civil rights in connection the actions of an agent with the First Judicial Drug Task Force and Johnson County deputy when Lassiter was arrested on drug charges.  Full Story

Blant Road fire caused by meth lab

Date: 2011-12-07
Investigators said a fire that destroyed a mobile home on Blant Road last week and severely burned a Johnson County man was caused by an explosion.   Full Story

Local shops offer unique gifts, rewarding experience

Date: 2011-12-07
The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce has initiated a push to encourage local shopping with a contest where one lucky shopper will win a $300 prize to be awarded a few days before Christmas. Approximately 21 businesses that belong to the chamber have elected to participate in a “Shop Local” endeavor. As shoppers purchase items at any of these contest locations throughout the county, proprietors will sign off on a contest postcard. Once five signatures are received, participants can deliver their card to the local radio station, WMCT, to be placed into a drum.  Full Story

Saturday's parade ushers Christmas into Mountain City

Date: 2011-12-07
Main Street in Mountain City came to life this past Saturday as it was the setting for the annual Christmas parade. The lights on the Christmas trees up and down the street that are part of “Light Up Mountain City” were glowing and the air was festive with Johnson Countians offering each other Christmas greetings. Even the weather cooperated as the air was mild and the skies were clear.  Full Story

A Country Christmas Carol at Heritage Hall

Date: 2011-12-07
A Country Christmas Carol  Full Story

Christmas is certainly not the time for apathy

Date: 2011-12-07
There is an odd little song in the musical Cabaret, where an old landlord who runs a Berlin rooming house during the rise of the Nazi Party sings a song entitled “Who Cares? So What?” While on the surface the song is meant to be slightly humorous and ironic, the words seem to point to one of the deepest challenges we face as humanity: apathy.  Full Story

Area students compete in Special Olympics Bowling Tournament

Date: 2011-12-07
Twenty-five Johnson County Special Education students participated in a Special Olympics Bowling competition recently in Johnson City, Tennessee. Representing Johnson County High School, Johnson County Middle School and Doe Elementary School, the bowlers practiced in September at the Boone Bowling Center in Boone, North Carolina before making the trek to the competition in October.   Full Story

JCHS Yearbook Lists 30 Seniors in 1938

Date: 2011-12-07
It is with much interest and nostalgia that I occasionally take down from the self my yearbooks for my years at good old Johnson County High School. I eagerly peruse the pages of those annuals to refresh my memory of those days gone by.   Full Story

Longhorns fight hard; Cloudland takes tourney

Date: 2011-12-07
The Johnson County Longhorns came into the second round of the Alpha Natural Resources Tip-Off Tournament at John S. Battle High School after a strong win against Wise Central earlier in the week. During that game high scorer Brian Dempsey managed 17 points and 17 rebounds in an effort that helped lead to a 59-41 victory. Likewise, the Holston Cavaliers managed to hold off Twin Valley in their first round game leading them to their next game against Johnson County. The Cavaliers put up a hard fight in what many would have thought should have been an easy victory for the Longhorns. Although in the end Johnson County did manage to stay in the fight for top place in the tournament with a 42-38 win, Holston largely outperformed their opponent throughout the game. According to Johnson County Coach Austin Atwood, “They took that team lightly. We beat ‘em by 25 or 30 earlier this year and I told the boys coming in they wouldn’t be the same bunch tonight. I have to give credit to Holston. They did a great job. If their shooter gets on they beat us. They should have beat us. We didn’t deserve to win the game by any means. They out hustled us, they out physicaled us, they out run us. We were fortunate to win.”  Full Story

Lady 'Horns defeat Tri-Cities Christian

Date: 2011-12-07
The Lady Longhorns put up a fierce fight that led to a narrow home game victory against the Tri-Cities Christian Lady Eagles. The tension was high in a round that was anyone’s game down to the last second. The excitement from the JCHS fans was nearly tangible as the girls barely managed to hold onto a one point lead until eventually getting a timely foul shot from Brandy Dugger that left the final score 41-39. Coach Todd Whittemore seemed relieved with the outcome. “We could have lost it about five different ways, but the good thing for us is that we found a way to win. For our girls to keep their heads up, keep plucking away, to not let one possession ruin their whole night, I was very proud of them. The crowd tonight was like a sixth man for us. I definitely think that they sparked our girls to play better. They just feed off of it. “  Full Story

JCMS Hoopsters gaining momentum

Date: 2011-12-07
The 7th and 8th grade girls traveled to Mary Hughes last Tuesday, Nov. 29th.  Full Story

In Johnson County, 13.4 Percent of All Income Comes From Social Security

Date: 2011-12-01
By Bill Bishop and Roberto Gallardo  Full Story

911 address changes coming soon to many county residents

Date: 2011-11-30
Eugene Campbell, Director of Johnson County E-911has provided the following list of roads in Mountain City and Johnson County that will have at least one change in address. After a review by area post offices for accuracy, change of address letters will go out to the affected residents.  Full Story

Falling trees continue to be a hazard months after tornado

Date: 2011-11-30
While traveling hundreds of miles back and forth along the country roads of Greene, Johnson and Washington counties, the Tennessee Recovery Project team members are seeing more and more trees fallen next to and on the country roads they’ve traveled since the April 2011 tornadoes.  Full Story

Local groups help prepare Johnson County youth for the winter

Date: 2011-11-30
With the cold winds of winter upon us, families across Johnson County have been busy rummaging in closets, pulling out hats, coats and other winter attire as they prepare for the bitter cold and snow that often prevails in northeastern Tennessee. Several local charitable organizations have made it their mission to make sure that all children in Johnson County will have the necessary winter apparel to stay safe, dry and warm.  Full Story

JCHS girls compete in Beef O'Bradys Thanksgiving Classic

Date: 2011-11-30
Despite showing off a new set of uniforms, it was still a dismal night for the Lady Longhorns at the 2011 Beef O’Brady’s Thanksgiving Classic, held at Happy Valley High School. Facing the older and more experienced Sullivan South Lady Rebels, the longhorns went home with a 61-16 loss. According to head coach Todd Whittemore, “This is a young team and the girls are new to me. I’ve got a lot to learn.” Comparing JCHS’s lineup with three sophomores to Sullivan South’s three seniors, the odds were against the Longhorns from the start, but Whittemore also attributed the 45-point difference to problems with the enthusiasm of his team. “I was very disappointed with the lack of effort. Problems with the defense had something to do with it but we weren’t able to make even the layups and free throws. “  Full Story

Longhorns play well in defeat to Hampton

Date: 2011-11-30
BOYS  Full Story

Mobile Health Unit now serving county schools

Date: 2011-11-30
Healthy students perform better in school and have better attendance. In an effort to improve and enhance the accessibility, availability, and affordability of quality health care in east Tennessee, Rural Health Services Consortium, Inc. and Johnson County Schools have partnered to provide a medical mobile unit for students, their families, and school staff.   Full Story

More on Johnson County’s Railroads

Date: 2011-11-30
I wrote in a recent column about the railroads of Johnson County. I pointed out that there were two railroads that came into Johnson County and while those railroads were primarily to haul timber and iron and manganese ore, there were also passenger cars to accommodate travelers. In this column I want to expound on the subject a bit more.   Full Story

Johnson County Library volunteers recognized for their efforts

Date: 2011-11-22
Earlier this month, volunteers for the Johnson County Library were recognized for their hard work and many hours of dedication and service as they gathered at The Tributary for the first ever Johnson County Library Volunteer Luncheon. On any given day, patrons of the library will see these dedicated individuals at the front desk as they check books in and out, shelve items and assist patrons in their search for a variety of materials.  Full Story

Low bid for sheriff's department purchase comes in almost $30,000 under next bid

Date: 2011-11-22
There were several re-appointments to important positions at Thursday’s county commission meeting. With no opposing nominations, Chairman Freddy Phipps, Vice-Chairman John Brookshire, and County Attorney Bill Cockett were all unanimously confirmed for another term. Additionally County Mayor Larry Potter submitted the proposed list of committee appointments, which also met with approval from the commission.   Full Story

School Board earns first Five-Star Award

Date: 2011-11-22
At a recent Utrust member appreciation gathering in Nashville, Johnson County Board of Education became the state’s first and only recipient of the Utrust Five Star Awards Program for Excellence in Employee Management.  Full Story

There is much to be thankful for

Date: 2011-11-22
There is Much to be Thankful For   Full Story

Longhorns start on positive note

Date: 2011-11-22
By Rick Sheek  Full Story

Johnson County Youth Basketball in full swing

Date: 2011-11-22
C Division   Full Story

Mamaw’s fork should be in a museum

Date: 2011-11-22
“Mamaw’s fork should be in a museum, not the silverware drawer,” said my oldest son during his last visit home.  Full Story

On the hunt for the big one

Date: 2011-11-22
Despite the falling temperatures, the last few months of the year are usually seen as a joyous time that many people look forward to, mainly due to the many holidays that fill the season. Whether Trick-or-Treating in October or carving the Thanksgiving turkey in November, there are a multitude of traditions that come with late fall and early winter. However, this time of year is also host to another season that many in the region look forward to just as much as candy or Christmas presents, and that is the opening of hunting season.  Full Story

Board of Education to consider energy education partnership

Date: 2011-11-16
The Johnson County Board of Education welcomed Truman Atkins of Energy Education to Thursday evening’s board meeting. Atkins presented an informative partnership proposal focused on energy conservation, management and savings. The partnership is geared towards helping the district change its approach toward energy consumption without having to buy new equipment. After the presentation, the director of schools was asked to have the board attorney review the proposed contract and report back to the board at the December meeting.   Full Story

Inspiring Veteran's Day program in Johnson County

Date: 2011-11-16
The lower level of Heritage Hall was filled to capacity this past Friday at Heritage Hall as Johnson Countians came out to honor and recognize the many veterans, past and present, in our community. Armistice Day, later changed to Veteran's Day, was originally designed to recognize those who died in World War I. The treaty to end the war between the Allies and Germany was signed on November 11, 1918. It is from this day that Veteran's Day has evolved to honor the many military personnel who have protected Americans in times of war and in times of peace. The date of this year’s Veteran’s Day rounded out the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month one step further to the 11th year.  Full Story

Local Marines gather to celebrate, reminisce

Date: 2011-11-16
On November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps, the newest branch of the United States Armed Forces, was formed. Each November 10th, groups of proud Marines around the world gather to pay homage and honor to both their branch of the service and their country. This year, a group of local Marines gathered at Iron Mountain Inn in Butler to celebrate and reminisce.  Full Story

A Few Thoughts on Education

Date: 2011-11-16
Much attention is focused on education these days, and rightly so. A good education is important for many reasons. If America is to compete on a global scale, education and training is essential. The world is more complex today than it was only a few years ago. Not only do we need more teachers, engineers, scientists and mathema-ticians, there seems to be a need for persons highly skilled in the field of computer science. As I look at the evolution of the auto-mobile, I am amazed at the bells and whistles that are built into the newer models. Features such as automatic braking systems to make stopping on icy roads easier and safer, cruise control to make driv-ing less tiring and lane drift warnings to make driving safer are all relatively recent developments in automobile engineering. Most cars have air bags for the driver and the front seat passenger. Moreover many feature side air bags as well.   Full Story

Longhorns hold their own against conference elite in Jamboree

Date: 2011-11-16
The JCHS Boys and Girls Basketball Teams went up against the conference elite Thursday night in the Three Rivers Jamboree and held their own.  Full Story

Longhorn Basketball Preview

Date: 2011-11-16
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for an entire supplement devoted to previewing the JCHS Longhorns Boy's and Girl's Basketball Teams - - GO 'HORNS!  Full Story

There's a reason Tennessee is called the Volunteer State

Date: 2011-11-15
It has been more than half a year since a devastating tornado ripped through the heart of Johnson County. For some the memory has begun to fade and life has returned to normal, but for many of the victims that were affected by the storm last April the nightmare is still very much a reality. Thankfully, this fact has not been lost on a number of community minded individuals and organizations like the Butler Ruritan, which recently donated over $20,000 in aid. Like the Ruritan, many have made it their goal to help their neighbors and friends.  Full Story

Hunting trip proves fatal for local man

Date: 2011-11-15
On Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 1:47 p.m., TWRA dispatchers received a report from Carter County 911 indicating a Johnson County man had suffered a gunshot wound to the head in what appeared to be a hunting-related incident.  Full Story

Chamber kicks of ‘Shop Local and Win’ Campaign

Date: 2011-11-08
What could be better for local economic growth than to Christmas shop in Johnson County this year? The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce is initiating a special campaign this year encouraging folks to shop local.   Full Story

City hopes to improve animal shelter

Date: 2011-11-08
Future growth and improvements at the Mountain City Animal Shelter will now become a possibility following the purchase of two additional acres of land adjoining the facility. The city council approved the expenditure unanimously following an official request by city animal control officer Gary Phillips. The issue had been brought to the council’s attention at previous meetings where Phillips detailed the benefits of acquiring the land. Addressing increasing demands on the shelter, Phillips hopes to eventually acquire an incinerator and increase kennel space.   Full Story

Veterans Day Program at Heritage Hall Friday; American Legion Post 61 to Host Open House and Turkey Dinner for all Veterans and Their Families

Date: 2011-11-08
This Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day. Veterans Day is always the eleventh month, the eleventh day, and the eleventh hour — the date and time the end of World War I officially took place. Formerly known as Armistice Day, the day originally was set aside to honor veterans of World War I but the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1938 and became a time to honor all American veterans of all wars.   Full Story

JCYFL Pee Wee Team has emotional win in league bowl

Date: 2011-11-08
If the offensive line is the heart of a football team, then the JCYFL Pee Wee Team's offensive line has more heart than you can measure.  Full Story

JCMS Volleyball Team holds awards banquet

Date: 2011-11-08
Last Thursday, the JCMS Volleyball Team celebrated another great season with an awards banquet in the middle school cafeteria.  Full Story

Barter Theatre brings Civil War history to life for local audience

Date: 2011-11-08
As the lights dimmed on the stage at Heritage Hall a few weeks ago, the audience was instantaneously immersed back to a time of strife and conflict in America. With the Barter Theatre's production of Civil War Voices, history became more than remote facts, dates and statistics. History became personal, real and alive.  Full Story

State Audit Reveals More Than $40,000 Missing from Johnson County Mayor’s Office

Date: 2011-11-07
An employee in the Johnson County mayor’s office misappropriated more than $40,000 worth of solid waste transfer station collection fees, an investigation by the Comptroller’s Division of County Audit has revealed. Also, the audit showed that the county’s solid waste director allowed his son to remove scrap metal from a solid waste transfer station and sell it for his personal gain.  Full Story

Tanker spill causes closure of Hwy 421 Friday morning

Date: 2011-11-02
Commuters were thrown into a tailspin Friday morning after discovering the highly traveled State Highway 421 from Mountain City to Boone, North Carolina, was closed to through travel due to a hazardous tanker spill.   Full Story

Mining Town Road water work has begun

Date: 2011-11-02
Residents of Mining Town Road have recently seen the advent of road work that will bring city water from Mountain City to their more rural location in the county. This long-awaited and costly project has been in the works for approximately two years.   Full Story

Community Foundation gets $200,000 gift

Date: 2011-11-02
The Board of Directors of the Johnson County Community Foundation announced a gift in the amount of $200,000 to help build its endowment fund for the benefit of Johnson County. The generous gift made from an anonymous donor(s) came as a complete surprise to the Board when it was presented at their monthly Board meeting earlier this year. The gift was presented by Terry Holley, Senior Vice President for Programs and Regional Development for the East Tennessee Foundation on behalf of the donor(s).  Full Story

Millions of Dollars Lost by Victims of Identity Theft

Date: 2011-11-02
Identity theft has skyrocketed in the past few years. In earlier days the postal service and the telephone were often used as the means by which unscrupulous and unprincipled persons used to carry out their crimes. More recently, along with those means, increased technological advances such as the Internet are used by scam art-ists to take hard earned and often much needed money from folks. Victims range from the wealthy to the very poor.   Full Story

Age is just a number

Date: 2011-11-02
Residents of Mountain City Care and Rehabilitation Center are proof that age and health problems can be overcome when it comes to getting out and enjoying yourself. In recent weeks, some of the residents have enjoyed outings that have taken them bowling and boat racing.  Full Story

Longhorns put up major fight against Happy Valley

Date: 2011-11-02
The JCHS Football Team played its best game of the year last Thursday night and though the Longhorns fell short of victory, it was almost like a win for them.  Full Story

Pee Wee Team notches win No. 54 of JCYFL careers

Date: 2011-11-02
Johnson County Pee Wees defeated the Bristol Vikings on Saturday, October 29th in Bristol. They were led by Bud Icenhour who had 135 yards on 11 carries and 2 touchdowns. Icenhour also had 5 tackles in the game and 1 interception. Nathan Arnold had 38 yards on 4 carries and a touchdown. He was 3 for 4 passing for 30 yards and had 2 tackles. Gage Hampton had 56 yards on 8 carries and one touchdown and had 4 tackles. Shane Greer had 1 carry for 5 yards and 3 tackles. Sean Lewis caught 3 passes for 30 yards and had 2 tackles. Will Kerley had 6 tackles. RJ Snyder and Hayden Osborne had 4 tackles each. Kyman Matherly had 3 tackles. Cole Snyder had 2 tackles. Eric Davis, Josh Herman, Jimmy Bower, Jimmy Brown, Justin Banner, Alex Cauldron, and Nate Shepherd all had one tackle each. The offense line had a great day blocking lead by Gabe Reece, Alex Calderon, A J Eller, Zac Arnold, Hayden Osborne, Nate Shepherd and Kyman Matherly. The Johnson County Pee Wee team started the season 0-3 against 3 quality teams who had predominantly seventh grade boys. After those early losses, they proceeded to win six straight games to finish the season with an overall record of 6-3. They finished in a 3-way tie for 2nd place in the conference. As of press time, it was still not decided if the Longhorn Pee Wee team would have a playoff game or not. This team, made up of a majority of sixth graders that have played together for the past 7 years, finished their junior athletic league football careers with a record of 54 wins and 16 losses.  Full Story

JCMS Boys, Girls Varsity teams have new coaches

Date: 2011-11-02
One thing is for certain when talking about the JCMS varsity basketball team this season. The group will be very familiar with their coach.  Full Story

State mandates change in airport paving plans

Date: 2011-10-26
County mayor Larry Potter announced that work on the airport runway repaving project should begin soon, although not with the method that county officials had anticipated. The original idea behind the project was to take care of the large cracks in the runway through a process of reconstruction, where the old runway pavement would be taken up and then added back into a completely new surface. This differs from the option of simply patching existing cracks and paving over them. Although the patching job would be a temporary fix that should last up to 9 or 10 years, the reconstruction method was expected to last twice as long. In fact the runway had already been patched and resurfaced in 1990 and then had to be reworked in 2005 as even larger cracks appeared.  Full Story

JCHS band and color guard win numerous competitions

Date: 2011-10-26
The competition season has been remarkable for the Johnson County High School marching band this year. With a long list of local and regional awards and achievements under their belt, the band has been very busy and their momentum only seems to be growing. In his second year at the school, band director Max Amoss has seen these students work very hard to get to where they are now.  Full Story

Town Hall meetings concerning photo ID requirement at polls

Date: 2011-10-26
A new law that will require voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls won't go into effect until next year, but in preparation for this new requirement, the Johnson County Election Commission will hold a town hall meeting to inform the public of the change in the law.  Full Story

Standing strong against Old Man Winter

Date: 2011-10-26
Winter is just around the corner  Full Story

Early Johnson County Fairs Were Much Needed Breaks for a Hard Working People

Date: 2011-10-26
In the early days of Johnson County from when it was formed in 1836 from what was then Northeast Carter County, the inhabitants of Johnson County toiled long hours and more or less struggled to eke out a living by farming, mining or cutting timber. Each of those occupations was labor intensive, especially since many of the labor saving devices that we now take for granted were yet to be available. I’ve heard my maternal grandfather Noah Harper tell of walking several miles to work in the mines, put in 10 hours of work and walk back home and care for his livestock before retiring for the night. He was born in 1880 and died in 1960. Even in the early to mid 1900s, hard work was not the exception but the norm for most people. Johnson County was rural with only two small towns — Mountain City and Butler. There were of course small stores scattered over the county and in that day of less than adequate roads and with few folks owning cars, those stores served their customers well by being within walking or horseback riding distance.   Full Story

Old Glory continues to inspire and should be treated with respect

Date: 2011-10-26
Betsy Ross spent countless hours stitching it. It inspired Francis Scott Key to write the "The Star Spangled Banner after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, and our soldiers follow it into battle. For some, it might be the last thing they see before making the ultimate sacrifice for their country.   Full Story

JCHS Football team honors seniors during J.I. Burton football game

Date: 2011-10-26
EDITOR'S NOTE: This week we are running the senior night football pictures with the game story. Next week The Tomahawk will run the cheerleaders, band members and volleyball team members. We apologize for any inconvenience.  Full Story

Youth Football League battles with Cloudland

Date: 2011-10-26
The Jr. Pee Wees played hard but came up short to the Cloudland Highlanders this past Saturday with the final score 34-12. Next week is our last scheduled game against the Bristol Vikings Black at Tenn. High school at 12:30.  Full Story

Holston plays well in defeat against Rural Retreat

Date: 2011-10-26
Holston has improved as much as any team around this season, but it ran into one of the Hogoheegee's top squads on Friday night.  Full Story

Threat sparks increased security at JCHS campus

Date: 2011-10-19
Students and staff were subjected to stepped-up security at the Johnson County High School campus on Thursday morning after the sheriff’s department received a tip that a threat had been made to an employee of Johnson County Schools.  Full Story

Local County Clerk to provide photo IDs to Registered Voters

Date: 2011-10-19
Johnson County Clerk, Tammie C. Fenner announced today that she has partnered with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to make more outlets available for registered voters to get photo driver licenses for voting purposes. Under a new state law, starting in 2012 voters will have to show a state or federal issued photo ID to cast a ballot at the polls in Tennessee.  Full Story

Youth Football League holds Homecoming games

Date: 2011-10-19
Another big win this past Saturday for the Jr. Pee Wees! Longhorns defeated Hampton Bulldogs 28-0. The defense did not allow the Bulldogs to score , which makes the 3rd straight week. Ethan Snyder led the team in tackles and was also excellent on the O-line along with Rash, & Arnold. All the players efforts were commendable making this Jr. Pee Wee teams' record 5-2 and 5-1 in the East Conference. This coming Saturday the Longhorns will face the Highlanders at Cloudland. Go Longhorns!!!  Full Story

School Board meets in productive session

Date: 2011-10-19
School Board chairman Gerald Buckles began Thursday evening’s Johnson County Board of Education monthly meeting by recognizing Nancy Blevins, a former student board member and welcoming her to the meeting.  Full Story

Fire destroys Cozy Corner building

Date: 2011-10-19
According to Mountain City Fire Department Chief Gary Stout, an early morning fire last Wednesday destroyed the Cozy Corner Florist located at 116 Mulberry Street, Mountain City. Although the building that served as both business and home to its owners did not burn completely, what remains is charred and smoke damaged beyond repair. Stout says the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.  Full Story

Bluegrass legend Clint Howard dies

Date: 2011-10-19
Once called a “national treasure” for his old time mountain music singing, song writing, story telling and playing, Clint Howard died at his home with his family at his side October 16, 2011.   He was 80 years of age.  Full Story

Low Budget Westerns Were Once Popular Enter-tainment in Mountain City

Date: 2011-10-19
Low Budget Westerns Were Once Popular Entertainment in Moun-tain City  Full Story

Shady Valley hosts another successful Cranberry Festival

Date: 2011-10-19
The 20th annual Cranberry Festival was held in Shady Valley this weekend amid a spectacular display of autumn colors. Although only a couple of decades old itself, the festival celebrates a history and heritage dating back centuries to when the valley was filled with wild cranberry bogs left over from the last ice age.  Full Story

Cyclones use passing attack to defeat Longhorns

Date: 2011-10-19
Elizabethton's football team came into Friday night's contest with JCHS at 5-3 overall and though that record is a little uncharcteristic for the Cyclones, they wanted to prove they were an elite squad.  Full Story

Lady Longhorns reach District 1-AA Semifinals

Date: 2011-10-19
The JCHS Volleyball Team reached the District Semifinals for the second year in a row last week, first defeating Unicoi County 25-18, 25-14, 25-21 before falling to eventual champion Sullivan East 9-25, 15-25, 13-25.  Full Story

Endangered Child Alert

Date: 2011-10-14
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from the public in reference to an endangered child, as well as location of a wanted person.  Full Story

Akela Cub Campout held at Old Mill Music Park

Date: 2011-10-12
For the first time in decades Johnson County was the site for the Cub Scouts annual Akela Cub Campout. Held at the Old Mill Music Park in Laurel Bloomery, this year’s event was hosted by Mountain City Pack Nine. Local Cub Scouts belong to the Sequoyah Council, which serves as the central organizer for 16 counties in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The council is then further divided into eight districts.  Full Story

Normal business for city council

Date: 2011-10-12
Linda Moon, representing the Johnson County Trails Association (JCTA), was present at last week’s city council meeting with a request for use of one of the city’s specialized compressors for trail work. The JCTA had used the compressor in the past, but since that time the city created an ordinance forbidding the loaning of any city equipment to outside organizations. Mayor Lawrence Keeble reminded the council that city equipment is the property of the taxpayers and for that reason the no loan policy had been initiated. However, Alderman Bob Morrison questioned whether or not working with the JCTA would be in violation of the ordinance considering that the organization was originally approved and supported by the city and would eventually connect with the city’s own future trail system. Morrison requested that city attorney Steve McEwen look into whether or not the city ordinance would permit the loaning of the equipment to the JCTA and pending no conflict, made a motion to accept Moon’s request. The motion passed three to two with Mayor Keeble and Alderman Kenny Icenhour voting against. If the JCTA is able to borrow the compressor the organization will be fully responsible for any damages or repairs that may be necessary.  Full Story

Three cream of the crop scarecrows rise to the top

Date: 2011-10-12
Winners of the much-anticipated Scarecrows on Main have been announced for this year’s contest. First place went to “Crowbusters” by the Beta Theta Club. The Johnson County Community Theatre took second with “Scary Poppins.” Third went to Hux-Lipford Funeral Home’s “Dark Rider” Johnson County Chopper. A special Judge’s Honorary Award went to the Johnson County High School Culinary Arts Class.  Full Story

Johnson County earns Three-Star Certification

Date: 2011-10-12
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Haggerty announced today that Johnson County has achieved certification under the state’s Three-Star program for excellence in economic development.  Full Story

Explosion Rocked Masonic Institute In 1919; One Man Killed, Several Students Injured

Date: 2011-10-12
I recently read a Tomahawk newspaper clipping that my wife Mary had filed away and I found it to be very interesting. There was no date on the clipping, so I don’t know what edition of the Tomahawk the clipping was from, but I estimate it to be in the late ‘70s or early ‘80s. The clipping included a Letter to the Editor from a Mr. Isaac D. Eggers who was 94 years old at the time. Eggers’ letter recounts some of the interesting occasions of his life. He writes about his high school days, his higher education and subsequent first teaching assignment as principal and teacher at a grade school in upper Shady Valley.   Full Story

JCHS drops contest at Wise County Central

Date: 2011-10-12
On paper, JCHS and Wise County Central, Va. looked evenly matched, but on the field it was a totally different story.  Full Story

JCMS ends season with two victories

Date: 2011-10-12
The JCMS Football Team defeated the Chuckey-Doak Black Knights 22-12 on Thursday, Sept. 2.  Full Story

Youth Football Action continues; Homecoming next week

Date: 2011-10-12
This past Saturday the Johnson County Pee Wee football team beat Jonesborough 38 to 6. The team was lead by Nathan Arnold who was 6 for 11 passing for 82 yards and two touchown and he also had 5 carries for 62 yards rushing. Bud Icenhour had 101 yards rushing on 9 carries and a touchdown, caught 1 pass for 14 yards and also had another touchdown on a 70 yard kick return and had 14 tackles in the game. Gage Hampton had 10 yards on 3 carries and two tackles, Shane Greer had 23 yards on 5 carries. Will Kerley had 57 yards on 5 carries and 5 tackles. Sean Lewis caught 4 passes for 66 yards and had two touchdown receptions. R J Snyder had 6 tackles, Hayden Osborne 3 tackles, Alex Calderon, Justin Banner, Jimmy Bower, Josh Herman, Eric Davis and Kyman Matherly all had two tackles. Zac Arnold, Jimmy Brown and Cole Snyder all had 1 tackle each. Also the O-Line had a good day blocking by Gabe Reece, Logan Roberts, Nate Shepherd, Zac Arnold, Alex Calderon, Hayden Osborne and A J Eller. This Saturday the Pee Wee team will face Delta Force (Kingsport) at 7:00.  Full Story

They will remember you in 'Grammy's Garden'

Date: 2011-10-12
Anyone that says you marry an individual not their family obviously has never been married, or at least their spouse has no ties to relatives. Immediately bad implications of interfering in-laws come to mind, but this is not always the case. Many positive and endearing relationships form when families’ children join in marriage.  Full Story

Memories relived at JCHS All-Class Reunion

Date: 2011-10-05
The homecoming football game is always a time for tradition and a gathering of friends, but this year was especially significant with the first annual Johnson County High School All Class Reunion. Set up in tents at the far side of the football field, representatives from various years gathered together to catch up on old times and enjoy a meal together. Despite being an unseasonably chilly evening the turn out for the event’s first year was surprisingly good.  Full Story

Robert Blevins charged with two counts of child abuse, neglect

Date: 2011-10-05
Robert C. Blevins of Cooper Fork Road in Mountain City was charged last week with two counts of child abuse and neglect.  Full Story

Confederate soldier honored 150 years after Civil War

Date: 2011-10-05
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, but the long years since that devastating conflict ripped the nation in two has not seen a loss in public interest or in the minds of those who share a direct lineage with the dedicated soldiers who fought on both sides. In fact, a growing number of Americans today are digging into their family histories, visiting old battlefields, and wondering through lonely graveyards to discover and preserve the stories of the men who fought and died for their homes and people.  Full Story

The Automobile: An Invention that Changed the Course of History

Date: 2011-10-05
As those who read my column know, I have written a few times about the automobile. I am very interested in the history of the automobile, primarily because the invention of the automobile has brought about so much change in the lives of mankind. In days before the automobile came along, folks were more or less captives of where they were born and raised: captives because of time and distance. Many never ventured beyond a few miles from where they were raised. The invention and ultimate affordability of the car changed that. While Henry Ford wasn’t the first to invent the automobile, he was foremost in the effort to make it affordable for the average person. The Model T, or Tin Lizzie as it was often called, sold in 1925 for only $260.   Full Story

Lady Longhorn Volleyball Seniors go out in style

Date: 2011-10-05
It was a perfect way for the JCHS Volleyball seniors to go out and they did it in style.  Full Story

Updates from Capitol Hill

Date: 2011-10-05
The total grant award for Johnson County was $48,643 which was applied to lighting projects at the following schools: Mountain City Elementary, Johnson County Middle, Johnson County CTE  Full Story

JCMS Volleyball Teams very successful in conference tournament

Date: 2011-10-05
The JCMS Varsity Volleyball Team played heroically to get to the championship match on Saturday, but it ran into a machine that couldn't be stopped.  Full Story

JCHS celebrates Homecoming with football game and other festivities

Date: 2011-10-04
JCHS Senior Shannon Main was crowned Football Homecoming Queen during halftime of Friday night's game. Junior Ashley Arnold was crowned Princess. For a complete pictorial of the homecoming attendants and their escorts, pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.   Full Story

Two inmates caught soon after escaping local jail

Date: 2011-09-30
Two Johnson County inmates escaped from the jail yard Thursday afternoon but were caught soon after, Sheriff Mike Reece said Friday in a news release.  Full Story

Johnson County Trails Association moving forward with Laurel Creek Trail

Date: 2011-09-28
If members of the Johnson County Trails Association (JCTA) have their way, there will be plenty of cyclists, equestrians and hikers enjoying the gorgeous natural beauty of the area in the very near future. JCTA members Howard and Linda Moon organized an information session at the head of the new Laurel Creek Trail and presented the plans of the association and the financial needs required to see it become reality.   Full Story

Sunrise Quilt Guild Exhibit demonstrates Labor of Love

Date: 2011-09-28
Since 2004, a group of local women meet each month to encourage, teach and share their knowledge, talents and history of quilting. These women are members of Johnson County's Tennessee Sunrise Quilt Guild. The group chose its name as Johnson County, the most eastern county in Tennessee, is the first to see the dawn break over the mountains each day.  Full Story

Longhorns battle hard in defeat to Hampton

Date: 2011-09-28
If you look at the box score of the JCHS-Hampton game last Friday, you might think it was a total train wreck.  Full Story

JCMS wins 38-0 over Unaka on Homecoming night

Date: 2011-09-28
The JCMS Football team desperately needed a win and also wanted to have a great Homecoming game.  Full Story

JCHS Volleyball Team impressive in loss to powerhouse Sullivan East

Date: 2011-09-28
Going up against one of the top Class AA Teams in the state, the JCHS Volleyball Team put up an outstanding fight last Tuesday night at Shoun Gym.  Full Story

Watauga Academy Basketball Team of 1937-38 Season Beats Dobyns-Bennett in District Tournament

Date: 2011-09-28
Do we sometimes underestimate the power of determination and persistence? There have been many instances of those two charac-teristics effecting an outcome of an event in a positive way, but, I think it was especially true when the Watauga Academy basketball team of Old Butler went up against Dobyns-Bennett High School in the district tournament and came away with a win — a win, even though the traveling team had no gym and relied on outdoor goals to practice. The final score was 20-14.   Full Story

Criminal court cases moving through process

Date: 2011-09-28
The following information contains the most recent updates to criminal charges that occurred in Johnson County, as well as crimes involving current or previous residents of Johnson County.  Full Story

A Broken heart

Date: 2011-09-28
When I was growing up, my family and I lived in a small community where the houses could be described as duplexes. The houses were attached to each other, and often you could hear the sounds of water running or pots clanging together coming from your neighbor's home. My cousins lived next door, and we would often pass notes to each through the slot in the bathroom mirror intended to dispose of razor blades. I thought it was quite mean that there were rules that prohibited pets. As an adult, I can certainly see that a quiet community of 160 mostly elderly families could have become chaotic if pets were allowed to run rampant. Consequently, I never had a family pet or could even understand the concept of becoming attached to an animal of any kind.  Full Story

Longhorns taken down by Sullivan East

Date: 2011-09-21
While the JCHS Football Team is going through one of its toughest seasons in years, the Sullivan East Patriots are going through a resurgence with a new coach and a strong offensive attack.  Full Story

Local Realtors using 'Quick Response' coding

Date: 2011-09-21
They are literally popping up everywhere. They look like square jigsaw puzzles, sometimes in color but most often in black-and-white. You know - those square "bar-codey" things you see popping up now on business cards, signs and other printed materials. They are called quick response codes, or QR, and they are taking the business world by storm.   Full Story

Who accidentally hikes into Iran?

Date: 2011-09-21
Gone are the days when one can take something at face value. If it looks too simple and innocent, it inevitably proves the exact opposite. Take the case of the Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal, the three American “hikers” who face espionage charges in Iran after recklessly entering the country in the summer of 2009. Shourd was eventually released on September 14, 2010, on humanitarian grounds but on August 20, 2011 both Bauer and Fattal were found guilty of illegal entry and espionage and sentenced to eight years in Iranian prison. Just last week, an Iranian court had set a bail for $500,000 each for Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer as was reported by the Associated Press. Iran's powerful judiciary clouded the case later the same week by saying it was still reviewing the bail provisions, so who really knows what will become of the touchy situation?   Full Story

JCHS Freshmen Football Team earns convincing victory at Hampton

Date: 2011-09-21
The JCHS Freshmen Football Team showed a lot of signs on Monday night that the future of Longhorn Football is extremely bright.  Full Story

Blade Hampton competes in Region I-A/AA Golf Tournament

Date: 2011-09-21
A great postseason came to an end Monday afternoon in Elizabethton, but not before setting the tone for Blade Hampton and his team's future.  Full Story

Maple Hill Farm - A working family farm for more than a century

Date: 2011-09-21
Maple Hill Farm, home to Jewell and Robert Hamm of Shady Valley, has been recognized as a Tennessee Century Farm. The Century Farms Program was established to recognize the efforts of Tennesseans who have owned family land with some type of agricultural production for a minimum of 100 years. This program has recognized 1,427 farms throughout Tennessee since its inception   Full Story

No local post offices expected to close

Date: 2011-09-20
Amid the many financial problems facing the country today one of the most shocking has to be the situation addressed by Post Master General Patrick Donahoe in his speech before Congress earlier this month. According to Donahoe a mandate made by Congress in 2006 turned over a nearly six billion dollar annual payment of retiree benefits, directly into the hands of the postal service. Prior to this change the organization was still showing profitability, but has since been forced to look at drastic changes to make up the difference.  Full Story

Herman leads Lady Longhorns to win over Elizabethton

Date: 2011-09-20
Tennis and volleyball are similar sports and last Monday in New York Novak Djokovic was in a zone and just couldn't be stopped en route to his third major of the year.  Full Story

Maymead wins bid for airport repaving project

Date: 2011-09-20
Sheriff Mike Reece requested authority to get bids on several pieces of equipment at Thursday’s commission meeting in order to replace aging and outdated equipment that the department is currently using. The list of items included new radios to function with recent changes in the county’s frequencies and new vests to protect the officers. There is also a need to replace an outdated control panel at the county jail. The commission moved to grant the purchasing director authority to begin the bidding process without issue.  Full Story

TBI investigating possible missing funds in county

Date: 2011-09-14
According to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Kristin Helm, an open and ongoing investigation is currently underway regarding possible missing funds from the Johnson County Mayor’s office. “We are working a case at the District Attorney’s request with the state comptroller’s office about possible missing money from the county mayor’s office,” said Helm.  Full Story

Country Music Star Aaron Tippin to perform at Heritage Hall

Date: 2011-09-07
Country music artist and record producer Aaron Tippin will make a stop in Mountain City for a live acoustic concert on Thursday evening, October 6th as at historic Heritage Hall. Proceeds from the event will benefit Representative Scotty Campbell’s re-election campaign and Campbell has rented Heritage Hall for this special event.   Full Story

Hwy. 67 bridge construction finally nearing completion

Date: 2011-09-07
After enduring a year of lane closures and lengthy red light waits, the many motorists traveling into Mountain City via State Highway 67 are finally seeing some signs indicating the end of the state’s bridge rehabilitation project near the intersection of Highway 67 and Highway 421, a major thoroughfare in Johnson County.   Full Story

September 11, 2001 ... 10 years later ... a time to remember

Date: 2011-09-07
The following words, written by me a few days after September 11, 2001 and printed in The Tomahawk September 19 of that infamous year, call for no changes or amendments today, 10 years later.  Full Story

Longhorns continue to have tough road in loss to Unicoi

Date: 2011-09-07
It was a career night for Patrick South, but the JCHS Football Team didn't have much go right otherwise and the Longhorns now head into a bye week 0-3  Full Story

JCMS football team plays outstanding in loss

Date: 2011-09-07
The JCMS Football Team played the stronger of the two Kingsport City Schools last Thursday night at McEwen Stadium and though the Longhorns just missed out on the win, it was a much better effort.  Full Story

Lady Longhorns win silver division of Cyclone Invitational Volleyball Tournament

Date: 2011-08-31
The JCHS Volleyball Team had a very difficult morning Saturday and entered the silver division of the Cyclone Invitational as the last seed.  Full Story

JCHS goes down to Bulldogs

Date: 2011-08-31
There were two big plays in the first half that Hampton came up with that cost JCHS dearly.  Full Story

JCHS Freshmen Football Team plays tough in defeat

Date: 2011-08-31
The JCHS Freshmen Football Team didn't play at their top level last Tuesday at McEwen Stadium, but it still managed to play a competitive game against one the area's elite programs.  Full Story

Former County Executive Curtis Sluder dies after lengthy illness

Date: 2011-08-31
Curtis E. Sluder, age 67, former County Executive and long-time familiar face in Johnson County passed away Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City.   Full Story

Tennesseans required to show photo ID for voting effective 2012

Date: 2011-08-31
Governor Bill Haslam recently signed new legislation effective January 1, 2012, that will require Tennessee voters to present government-issued photo identification when voting. The March 2012 presidential primary will be the first election in which this new law will be enforced.  Full Story

Folklorist Joe Wilson Included in Smithsonian Magazine Story

Date: 2011-08-31
As I browsed my September 2011 edition of the Smithsonian, the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Wash-ington, D. C., I was pleased to find a story in which a native of Johnson County was included. I’m always interested in reading stories in magazines or books about anyone who is connected to Johnson County. In this case, the story in the magazine included a photo and information about my friend and classmate. Joe Wilson. He and I were members of the great Class of ’56. The Class of 1956 has scheduled a reunion for Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10. I hope he can attend. Furthermore, I hope many of my classmates will attend the activities. After all, it’s our 55th.   Full Story

Fruits of hard summer labor ready for pickin

Date: 2011-08-31
In the journey to discover local vegetable gardens to complete our summer garden series, we found a host of farmers in the county, from novice to experts and many who landed somewhere in between. With the old adage in mind, “waste not, want not,” local farmers not only grow much of their own produce, but what is not quickly eaten will be canned, frozen, sold or shared among friends and neighbors.  Full Story

Where is the discipline?

Date: 2011-08-31
Here we go again. University of Tennessee junior defensive back Janzen Jackson was just released from this year’s football team forfeiting an extremely promising career for undisclosed reasons. Just last week two other players were caught on camera covering their faces from photographers as they left a detention facility in Knoxville. An off duty police officer was sent to the hospital while trying to break up a fight in a bar and apparently these two UT players were involved.   Full Story

Hampton rallies from behind to defeat JCHS JV Team

Date: 2011-08-31
NOTE: THIS STORY SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRINTED ON PG. A-9 OF THIS WEEK'S PRINT EDITION. THE JCHS FRESHMAN ARTICLE WAS ERRONEOUSLY USED INSTEAD. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE ERROR.   Full Story

JCHS falls to Tennessee High at Stone Castle

Date: 2011-08-24
JCHS and Tennessee High have had several close battles over the years, but Friday night was not one of them.  Full Story

Two New Books Are Added To My Collection, a Third is Much Anticipated

Date: 2011-08-24
For the last few years I have tried to collect books by local writers. I’m sure there are many that I don’t have, but I have managed to acquire a few. There are two new ones that I recently added to my bookshelves and another one is on the horizon. Herman Tester has recently published a very interesting work titled Portrait of the Past. According to the title page, the book is, “A Pictorial Glance at Lower Johnson County, Tennessee; And the Elk, Roan & Watauga Valleys.” Tester writes in the preface, “Many of the photographs presented in this book represent life as it was before the lake. Many affected families pictured in this book had resided here long before Tennessee became a state in 1796.”   Full Story

Bridge construction finally nearing completion

Date: 2011-08-24
After enduring many months of lane closures and long red light waits, the many motorists traveling into Mountain City via State Highway 67 are finally seeing some signs indicating the end of the state’s bridge rehabilitation project near the intersection of Highway 67 and Highway 421, a major thoroughfare in Johnson County.   Full Story

Car and bike show, memorial ride a huge success

Date: 2011-08-24
The upper end of Main Street in Mountain City was packed with classic cars and excited spectators at Friday night’s very successful Joe Barlow/ Kim Sutton Car and Bike Show. Besides the dozens of hotrods, restored classics, and souped-up muscle cars there were vendors, live music, kids’ games, and fun for people of all ages. The cruise-in was a part of a two-day event in honor of Johnson County paramedic Joe Barlow who passed away in September of 2009 following a tragic traffic accident while on duty that also claimed the life of a patient in transport.   Full Story

New website combines county, city and Chamber

Date: 2011-08-24
Economic development coordinator Karla Prudhomme presented information at Thursday’s commission meeting concerning the completion of a new Johnson County website. The new website combines the county, city, and Chamber of Commerce sites into one unified domain with over 70 pages of information detailing the demographics of the area, economic opportunities for potential businesses, and background information on the county and its various communities.   Full Story

JCMS loses to Dobyns-Bennett feeder school

Date: 2011-08-24
The JCMS Middle School Football team has had a lot of success in the early days of the Matt Bray era.  Full Story

JCHS Golf has up and down week

Date: 2011-08-24
It was a roller coaster week for the JCHS Golf Team last week.  Full Story

Holston High Football Team ready for upcoming season

Date: 2011-08-24
After two seasons that the town of Damascus will never forget, the Holston Football Team had a rough year in 2010 with the Cavaliers finishing 3-7 and failing to make the playoffs for the first time in several seasons.  Full Story

MORE SPORTS

Date: 2011-08-24
For other sports updates including "JCHS Volleyball competes well in Three Rivers Jamboree," Johnson County Chamber holds annual golf tournament," and "Diamond Diva's take second place in tournament," pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk.   Full Story

Tremors from central Virginia earthquake felt in Johnson County

Date: 2011-08-23
A five point nine earthquake rattled most of the north east portion of the United States at approximately 1:50 pm Eastern time today. The epicenter occurred approximately 27 miles east of Charlottesville, Virginia. The shocks had a far-reaching range, causing tremors here in Johnson County, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Martha's Vineyard, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio and down as far as Chapel Hill, North Carolina.   Full Story

Longhorns, Warriors play to 0-0 tie in Three Rivers Jamboree

Date: 2011-08-17
In all honesty high school football jamborees really don't serve a whole lot of purpose, but JCHS was pleased with its first outing.  Full Story

School Board rehashes the Saturday school issue

Date: 2011-08-17
Students can expect some school on Saturday if winter weather hits hard again this season as the Johnson County Board of Education voted three to two to utilize Saturday school after fifteen days are missed and under specific circumstances.   Full Story

‘Old Butler Days’ keeps the town that wouldn’t drown alive for a new generation

Date: 2011-08-17
The 22nd annual Old Butler Days festival was held at Babe Curtis Park in Butler this past weekend and featured a wide variety of entertainment showcasing some of the best in local talent. Beginning Friday morning the event spanned two full days of excellent food, games, crafts, music, and a celebration of the unique history of Butler and the Watauga Valley.   Full Story

County fair offers few rides, but 4-H, FFA and FCE exhibits plentiful

Date: 2011-08-17
Despite the success of recent Johnson County fairs, this year’s event left some adults and children who came to enjoy the rides and food disappointed, as well as members of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce.  Tom Reece, who currently serves as the local Chamber of Commerce president, believes this was due to the lack of rides and concession stands sent by Sunshine Amusements who operates out of Florida.  Johnson County has used this company in the past to provide the carnival aspect of the county fair.  Full Story

JCHS Golf has solid match last week at Red Tail

Date: 2011-08-17
By Matt Hill  Full Story

Johnson County - Historical and beautiful

Date: 2011-08-17
I have written a number of times about Johnson County in this column and I have never become tired of featuring what I consider interesting facts about that area of Northeast Tennessee that I call home. I was born in Johnson County and lived here except for a two-year hitch in military service. I’m not well traveled, but the places I’ve visited haven’t impressed me any more than what we have right here in Johnson County. The county has drawn folks back here that left many years ago. Often I run across someone who I knew in the past whom after succeeding in their chosen field, returned to Johnson County, the place of their birth and upbringing. Nostalgia and local economics are catalysts in their decision to relocate here.   Full Story

JCMS looking for follow up historic season with new standouts

Date: 2011-08-17
JCMS head coach Matt Bray couldn't have scripted his first year any better as the Longhorns were conference champions for the first time since 2004 and they made their first-ever TMSAA playoff appearance.  Full Story

Blaze severely damages local fire department

Date: 2011-08-10
An early morning electrical fire last Thursday severely damaged Second District Volunteer Fire Department Station #1 in Trade and three fire trucks that were inside the building, a tanker, brush truck and engine. Until the station is back in operation, other departments will be responding to fire calls.  Full Story

What will happen with Doe Mountain now in foreclosure?

Date: 2011-08-10
Soon after Charles Ausburn purchased 8,600 acres on the Doe Mountain in the spring of 2006 Johnson County leaders and residents began anticipating the completion of large development project and a tremendous boost to the tax base, however, all didn’t go as planned.   Full Story

Key absences make for short city council meeting

Date: 2011-08-10
It was an abbreviated meeting for the city council this month as both alderman Kenny Icenhour and Vice Mayor Jerry Jordan were absent. Icenhour was hospitalized with an ongoing medical issue that will require surgery. Likewise Jordan was also absent due to a medical emergency with his wife. However, with three council members present the meeting could still be held with the exception that no direct action could be taken.   Full Story

Johnson County is 'storm ready'

Date: 2011-08-10
National Weather Service officials have recognized Johnson County, Tennessee as a StormReady® community.   Full Story

Things I am happy to report

Date: 2011-08-10
I am happy to report that patriotism is alive and well. At least it was last weekend in San Antonio, Texas, when this mama got to witness a United States Air Force graduation exercise with her son as one of the distinguished airmen being recognized for completing the grueling eight and one-half weeks – 59.9 days - of military training. From the early morning hours of lining the streets to cheer on the flights as they ran by in cadence on Thursday to the heartbreaking moment he walked away from us on Sunday, there is simply no way to describe how one feels during this experience. Watching my son as part of a huge group of proud professionals, displaying their respect for our Nation's flag to begin the weekend’s ceremonies was awesome and that was only the beginning. The airmen were practically sparkling in their Air Force Blues on Friday.   Full Story

Memories of Old Butler Live on as Watauga Academy/Old Butler Reunion Nears

Date: 2011-08-10
Those of us not affected by the flooding of Old Butler will never know the heart-wrenching experience of many of the residents of that once industrious, thriving town and its environs as they lost their homes to the building of Watauga Dam and the subsequent inundation of their town by the resulting lake. One can only imagine how it would feel to lose a cherished home place — a place where love had ruled and laughter had reverberated through its rooms and halls and when the realization sets in that no one will never see that familiar landscape again.  Full Story

JCHS Volleyball continuing to build on foundation

Date: 2011-08-10
The JCHS Volleyball Team continues to improve with greater progress expected in 2011.  Full Story

JCHS Golf Team young but talented

Date: 2011-08-10
The JCHS Golf Team is still young, but coach Steve Arnold is very optimistic about his team's chances in 2011.  Full Story

Benefit ride for cancer coming to area Sept. 10

Date: 2011-08-10
Over the river, through the woods, around the curve, up and over the mountain, down the grades, through the crossroads, navigating switchbacks - all the while taking in the majestic scenery! What more could you be looking to do on an autumn Saturday morning?   Full Story

Departed hometown hero Dorothy Gilmer

Date: 2011-08-10
Dorothy Gilmer, although born in Worcester, England, called Mountain City home. Spending her life taking care of others, she passed away June 6, 2011 at the age of 96. Gilmer, who had no children of her own, has left a lasting mark upon the many people she gathered close to her heart and her home.  Full Story

Sudoku Solution

Date: 2011-08-10
This is the solution for this week's Sudoku   Full Story

Shop Tax Free In Tennessee this weekend

Date: 2011-08-03
Shop Tax Free In Tennessee August 5-7  Full Story

Free Preventive Health Fair coming August 25th

Date: 2011-08-03
The James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Community Medicine, Johnson County Health Council and Mountain States Health Alliance will conduct a health fair on Thursday, August 25, 2011 beginning at 9:00 am through 3:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Mountain City. Thanks to monies received from a federal grant award, an array of preventive health care services are available at no cost. There are no income or insurance requirements and is free to anyone in need of preventive health screening.   Full Story

Mountain Gardening - Donna and Osler Reed Style

Date: 2011-08-03
On our continued quest to find some of the most beautiful and charming gardens in Johnson County, it soon became apparent that it takes a lot of time, effort and planning to create that special place, that haven that you may have imagined over and over in your mind. Hours have quickly flown by as you visualized the exact placement of a fern, a hosta or maybe some gladiolas. It soon becomes apparent that it takes time, patience and many, many hours of labor to create that perfect flower garden.  Full Story

First Day of School is August 9th

Date: 2011-08-03
The 2011-2012 school year for grades 1-12 will begin with student registration on Tuesday, August 9th from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. Lunch and breakfast will not be served that day. Wednesday, August 10th will be the first full day for students.  Full Story

Years Bring Improvements to Farm and Home

Date: 2011-08-03
Last week I wrote about some of the methods of harvesting hay and grain when I was growing up in Johnson County. Those methods were labor intensive and usually required several folks to get the job done in a timely manner. It’s obvious that farming has come a long way, although there is still a bit of work in it. But, thanks to a number of folks who were not satisfied with the status quo, there have been many improvements in that very necessary business of farming. I think we sometimes take for granted the role farmers plays in this modern world. Without the farmer, where would our food come from? Of course I know that all food is not from farms, but much of it is. And I believe we owe farmers a debt of gratitude for providing much of the food we eat as well as other products that make our lives more pleasant. While we don’t grow it here, cotton, also a farm product, is a very versatile and useful product.   Full Story

JCHS, JCMS players compete in summer softball

Date: 2011-08-03
Over the summer months, a group of JCMS players and upcoming middle schoolers have been competing on a team called "The Mustangs" in a league in Bristol.  Full Story

Highlighting a Buccaneer Legend

Date: 2011-08-03
A local sports writer has captured the ups and downs of one of East Tennessee State's great basketball players in a new book.  Full Story

Perfecting rural tourism in Johnson County

Date: 2011-08-03
It is heartbreaking to see Johnson County businesses vacant and real estate agents twiddling their thumbs. As a native of this beautiful county, I believe it is time the average citizen becomes actively involved in promoting tourism here to ensure the longevity of the good businesses and services we currently have and to stimulate interest in procurement of even more.   Full Story

Sunflower Festival brings Mountain City alive

Date: 2011-07-27
Across much of the United States, summertime festivals are an eagerly awaited event. Each year, Mountain City holds its own summer festival, the ever-popular Sunflower Festival. Despite a grueling hot day, Main Street was packed this past Saturday with vendors who were lined up and down the sidewalks and down the middle of the road. Each new booth, each new table had something special to offer for those who ventured out to enjoy the day.  Full Story

Kenny Price concert promises to bring his rich mountain music heritage to life

Date: 2011-07-27
On Saturday, August 6 at 7pm, Kenny Price will perform with Mountain Tradition; featuring Greg Fields on guitar, Grady Stout on banjo, and Jim Mixen on bass at Heritage Hall. Kenny is known well by the locals for his musical talents and tradition, and this will be his second concert of this magnitude in Johnson County.   Full Story

New charges pending for Jeff Howard in Shady arrest

Date: 2011-07-27
A group of Shady Valley residents, members of the recently formed Shady Valley Neighbors for Clean Air and Water, were in attendance at a meeting on June 2, 2011 at Shady Valley Presbyterian Church when the meeting was disrupted by the presence of Jeffrey C. Howard. Howard was subsequently arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct and placed on a $3,000 bond. Howard's bail was posted and he remains out on bond.  Full Story

Revisiting the good old days

Date: 2011-07-27
Often, folks will tell me they like reading about the “Good Ole’ Days” and that it is one of their favorite subjects of my column. Just like them, I often reminisce about the days gone by. I sub-scribe to a couple of magazines that include a lot of stories about the “Olden Days.” Loyal readers send in those stories and of course the folks who publish the magazines edit them. I find that many of the stories are interesting and some are similar to experiences I had as a youth growing up in Johnson County. It is interesting to note that although the stories are written by folks from large cities, small towns or rural areas they often have the same overriding theme: hard times. They often used humor and dreams of a better time to cope with their lot. They show ingenuity in making do with what they had. Many of the stories are set in the days of the “Great Depression.”  Full Story

JCHS begins official preseason practice

Date: 2011-07-27
The JCHS Football Team officially began practicing in pads on Monday with some holes to fill and a chance to erase a 2-8 campaign in 2010.  Full Story

Meet the JCHS senior football leaders

Date: 2011-07-27
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for highlights on several high school seniors preparing for their final year of JCHS football. Those highlighted in this week's paper include: Craig Jennings, Daniel Hicks, Mikey Edington, Jordan Roark, Skylar Reece, Chris Stollings, Brett Ware, and Aaron Charsha.   Full Story

Some Doe residents may have to vote in Shady

Date: 2011-07-27
Potential redistricting changes were the big discussion at Thursday night’s county commission meeting as Mike Long and Darlene Atwood with the Johnson County Election Commission presented information from last year’s census. According to state law each voting district must have an equally represented population, and district boundaries must shift to accommodate population increases and decreases. Unfortunately, both the First District of Laurel Bloomery/Cold Springs and the Sixth of Shady Valley have lost significant numbers, which must be made up by taking in parts of an adjacent district. Since both already share a border this leaves the Fifth District of Doe Valley as one of the only viable options to make up the loss.  Full Story

Tennessee Downtowns program launches in Mtn. City

Date: 2011-07-20
Tennessee Main Street Program Director Kimberly Nyberg, National Trust Main Street Center Officer Kathy LaPlante and Bridgett Massengill, Massengill Consultants, recently conducted an initial assessment visit in Mountain City to launch the Tennessee Downtowns program. Mountain City is one of 12 communities selected to participate in Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive community improvement program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts.   Full Story

Snow discussion dominates summer school board meeting

Date: 2011-07-20
Despite temperatures hovering in the nineties, the Johnson County Board of Education spent a majority of the July 14th meeting discussing the specifics of making up snow days in the 2011-2012 school calendar by implementing Saturday school. Vice-Chairperson Ann Parsons was the moderator due to the absence of board chairman Gerald Buckles.   Full Story

Tomahawk wins three TPA awards

Date: 2011-07-20
The Tennessee Press Association, along with the University of Tennessee, announced the winners of the 2011 newspaper contest this past Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.   This year, the George Press Association had the daunting task of reviewing 1,487 entries that were submitted by 76 newspapers. There are 125 newspapers that are a part of the Tennessee Press Association.  A large number of publishers, editors and journalists participated in the luncheon to recognize the efforts of so many.  Full Story

What does summer mean to you?

Date: 2011-07-20
Summer means different things to different people: summer jobs, summer romance, summer school, or perhaps, ice cream, boating or congregating at the lake at the pool. The two words that come to mind when I think of summer are sunshine and freedom.   Full Story

Payne ready for strong volleyball season

Date: 2011-07-20
Miranda Payne had a breakout season this year on the softball diamond, but now she's ready to play the sport she loves the most.  Full Story

Herman overcame a lot to earn spot on JCHS Volleyball Team

Date: 2011-07-20
Priscilla Herman has had to battle her way into the JCHS Volleyball lineup, but she has won the respect of her coaches and teammates in the process.  Full Story

Relay for Life raises over $30,000 in Johnson County

Date: 2011-07-20
Pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk for numerous photos of the 2001 Relay for life including many pictures of Johnson County’s cancer survivors. Approximately $32,284 was raised at the annual event by Johnson County teams. The combined campsite for Johnson County Bank and the Positive Thinkers won both Best Food and Best Theme categories. Farmers State Bank took Best Mission Delivery honors while the Mountain Youth Academy team displayed the best Team Spirit.  Full Story

JCHS Class of ’61 Holds 50th-Year Reunion

Date: 2011-07-20
Members of the great Class of 1961 came from far and near to at-tend their reunion the evening of Saturday, July 16, 2011. Some thirty-nine members of the class with their spouses and guests gathered in the fellowship hall of the Mountain City First Christian Church to mark their 50th reunion. The well-planned event was one of the best-attended reunions for the class in several years. They came from as far away as Atlanta and Thomasville, Georgia. There was a good turnout from local class members as well. A number of those present were heard to say it was the best reunion they had ever attended.   Full Story

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Date: 2011-07-20
Special Sale at Anne's Emporium and Thrift Store   Full Story

Relay for Life this weekend

Date: 2011-07-13
Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. And thanks to the American Cancer Society and local volunteers, finding the help you need is simpler than ever.  Full Story

Johnson County celebrates Independence Day

Date: 2011-07-06
A major summer thunderstorm that included hail in many parts of Johnson County on Monday afternoon threatened to disrupt the annual parade and fireworks, but fortunately it passed through the area and made way for a sunshiny celebration in Mountain City. Low lying smoke and haze over Ralph Stout Park did block the view of the fireworks for the large crowd that gathered later that night. High humidity seemed to capture and hold a smokescreen from fireworks of nearby neighbors just prior to the Chamber’s show. Although it was somewhat of a disappointment to those accustomed to a spectacular show each year, the fireworks that exploded beneath the barrier afforded a colorful display.  Full Story

Despite tough final day, Cornett makes presence felt at East Tennessee Amateur

Date: 2011-07-06
In what is considered to be Northeast Tennessee's premier amateur golf tournament, Mountain City's own Josh Cornett was in contention on the final day.  Full Story

Mahala MVP of F.C.A. All-Star game; Reece also has great performance

Date: 2011-07-06
Two members of the JCHS Softball Team recently played together one last time at the Tennessee-Virginia FCA All-Star Game.  Full Story

Haitian people capture Mary Gale's heart

Date: 2011-07-06
Mary Gale of Mountain City has just completed her third missionary trip to Haiti. After the horrific earthquake that struck the island country in 2008, Gale joined forces with International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES), a charitable organization that helps to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people during times of crises. Little did Gale know when she made that first trek to Haiti how much of an impact the Haitian people would make on her life.  Full Story

The Signing of the Declaration of Independence Was A Momentous Occasion in History

Date: 2011-07-06
As I write this column, it will be only three more days until America celebrates the Fourth of July or Independence Day as it is often called. There will be fire-works, picnics, and various patriotic activities on that day. When you read this column, the celebration will be over for another year and many folks will get back to their routine of day-to- day living. As I was thinking about a possible subject for my column, I began to wonder if many think about the significance of that special day during all the hoopla that takes place each year.   Full Story

Johnson County Red Cross receives donation

Date: 2011-07-06
Amid Independence Day festivities at Ralph Stout Park on Monday, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey presents a check for $15,000 to the American Red Cross. The money is specifically designated for Johnson County and donated by the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company in honor of the spirit of independence, volunteerism and self-reliance shown by the citizens of Johnson County in response to the April tornadoes. Left to right, a representative of the Kingsport office of the American Red Cross, Ellen Watkins of Johnson County, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a Pfizer Pharmaceutical representative, and Rep. Scotty Campbell.  Full Story

Great Short Trips From Johnson County

Date: 2011-06-29
Readers of my column will know that I am a great believer in pro-moting Johnson County and I try to point out the county’s unique position in history and tout its natural beauty and friendly people often. While Johnson County is a great place to be, it is also a great place from which to branch out in short jaunts to nearby attrac-tions. In this column I want to mention a couple of such destina-tions that are not only interesting but may teach a few history les-sons along the way.   Full Story

Community Board discusses a higher learning complex

Date: 2011-06-29
The Johnson County champion community Board recently held their strategic planning session to discuss and determine a target project, which will benefit the communities of Johnson County. Conducted by Ms. Bulah Ferguson with the First Tennessee Development District, the meeting featured an eclectic gathering of local business leaders, government officials, and concerned citizens. Lasting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., the lengthy event saw in-depth conversations about both the strengths and weaknesses of Johnson County as well as current issues that may prove to be determining factors in the success of the county’s future.  Full Story

City swears in new judge, attorney, recorder

Date: 2011-06-29
Retiring Mountain City Recorder and Judge Terry Reece swore in his replacements on Monday, Sheila Shaw as the city recorder and Steve McEwen as the city attorney. As one of the last acts for the Town of Mountain City, he also swore in George Wright's replacement as City Attorney, Randy Fallin. The new officers will assume their positions with next week's city council meeting on Tuesday evening.   Full Story

Baker guilty of Jennifer Smith murder

Date: 2011-06-29
Editor’s note: The following news story covers the trial of Stephen Dewayne Baker, who along with his girlfriend, Kari Diane Speck, were charged with the murder of former Johnson County resident, Jennifer Jo Smith. Smith moved to Cookeville in the summer of 2006 and was killed in 2010. Friends and family still live in Johnson County. The trial began earlier this month on June 7th and concluded the 9th. The Tomahawk extends thanks to the Herald-Citizen for granting permission to reprint the story in Cook’s former hometown at the request of her son, Christopher Smith.  Full Story

Longhorn summer baseball a big success

Date: 2011-06-29
Johnson County has usually fielded a summer-league baseball that was run under the jurisdiction of little league or Babe Ruth, but this year it was done differently.  Full Story

Mountain Gardening - relaxation, memory and simple practicality

Date: 2011-06-29
In the flash of an eye, summertime has arrived in our mountains. With warm, long days, local floral and vegetable gardens are relishing in the sunshine and healthy amounts of rain that have graced our region. On our quest to find some of the prettiest and most bountiful gardens in Johnson County, we discovered that often gardens can become a place of healing.  Full Story

‘Under God’ remains under attack

Date: 2011-06-29
The anti-religionists, represented by well-known atheist Michael Newdow and others, filed suit in the U.S. District Court several years back challenging the inclusion of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. NBC chose to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance during the introduction to final round coverage of the 2011 US Open a couple of weeks ago.   Full Story

U.S. Open Golf Champion a former ETSU signee

Date: 2011-06-29
From ETSU Media Relations  Full Story

FEMA deadline to register extended to Aug. 9th

Date: 2011-06-27
The deadline to register for funding from FEMA for damage caused by the storms of April 27th has been extended through August 9th. If you have not registered please do so. Costs may arise later that you are not aware of now. If you have any questions please call our office 727-2507.  Full Story

Governor a no show

Date: 2011-06-22
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Rep. Scotty Campbell address a large crowd that gathered Monday afternoon at the Johnson County Crewette Building for an appearance by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. He would have been the first sitting governor to visit Johnson County since the late Ned Ray McWherter, but inclement weather grounded the gubernatorial helicopter in Bristol, Tennessee and the visit had to be postponed until a later date. A call from Haslam’s office to The Tomahawk on Monday assured the public that the governor would reschedule.  Full Story

Road department faces multiple budget problems

Date: 2011-06-22
Linda Frei, owner of Cherokee Springs Dog Grooming in Laurel Bloomery, gave a presentation to the county commission at Thursday’s meeting concerning animal control in the county. Frei has recently been dealing with several loose pit bulls that have attacked and killed her livestock, including show breeds of rabbits and a blue ribbon horse and colt. Frei passed around grisly pictures of the damage that the dogs had done to her animals and posed the question of “What if these had been your animals or even your children?”  Full Story

Nature Conservancy in Shady expands Orchard Bog Preserve

Date: 2011-06-22
The Nature Conservancy recently purchased a 4.5-acre tract of land in northeastern Tennessee’s Shady Valley community that will be an addition to the nonprofit organization’s Orchard Bog Preserve. The acquisition not only provides critical habitat for the area’s rare bog turtle population but also provides the community with a success story of how protecting wetlands results in benefits for plants, animals and people, too.   Full Story

Lion's Club Turtle Derby & "Why on earth has it been so hot?"

Date: 2011-06-22
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for these and other stories not available on the web.  Full Story

Optimist Club Golf Tournament Continues to grow

Date: 2011-06-22
The Optimist Club held its annual golf tournament last Wednesday and it was a good fundraiser for the club and for kids in Johnson County.  Full Story

Ralph Stout - A True legend in the field of officiating

Date: 2011-06-22
By Bill Lane  Full Story

Successful New York artist and former Johnson Countian Wes Sherman has July show at ETSU

Date: 2011-06-22
After living in Shady Valley and graduating from Johnson County High School in 1987, Wes Sherman has made a name for himself in the abstract art world with gallery representation at Baumgartner Gallery (Salzburg, Austria), The Arts Company (Nashville, TN) and domogallery (Summit, NJ). He has also been a visiting artist at Calumet College (Chicago, IL), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA), and Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, TN).  Full Story

‘Red Velvet Cake War’ has audience rolling in the aisles

Date: 2011-06-22
Once again, the Johnson County Community Theatre has presented a rollicking performance this past weekend with their production of  “The Red Velvet Cake War, written by North Carolina playwrights Jones, Hope and Wooten.  Within minutes, the audience found themselves in Sweet Gum, Texas and right in the middle of what seems to be yet another crisis for members of the Verdeen family.  Full Story

Condensed history of education in county

Date: 2011-06-22
Last week’s column dealt with the education I received as a  Full Story

New Faces in Several City Positions

Date: 2011-06-15
Marking 25 years of service as the town of Mountain City recorder and judge, last week’s city council meeting was the 300th and last official meeting for Terry Reece. An open, public invitation retirement party will be held on June 25th at 1:00 in the Crewette building in Mountain City. Mayor Lawrence Keeble has assured everyone that it will be a fun event. Three other resignations were accepted at the meeting, the first for water plant operator Jonathan Campbell. A decision was made to hire a replacement for the already under-manned department.   Full Story

School Board honors Retirees, Prepares for New Year

Date: 2011-06-15
Board of Education honors retirees, prepares for upcoming school year  Full Story

Lake Clean-up effort has grown significantly since last year

Date: 2011-06-15
The second annual Watauga Lake Clean Up was held Saturday morning at various locations around the lake. This year saw a phenomenal increase in support by local businesses including large sponsorships such as Maymead, McDonalds of Mountain City, and Wal-Mart of Elizabethton. Local resident Mary Salter, who worked closely in conjunction with Fish Springs Marina’s public relations manager Malcolm Wilson, organized much of the groundwork. Salter, who helped start the event last year, is the president of the Watauga Lake Cleanup organization, which now has non-profit status.  Full Story

New Meth Law tracking of meth precursors easier

Date: 2011-06-15
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recently signed a new bill into legislation that will make it easier for authorities to keep track of the sale of pseudoephedrine throughout the state. Pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter cold medication is one of the key ingredients, or precursors, in the production of methamphetamine, also known as meth.   Full Story

A Few Thoughts on My Education in Johnson County

Date: 2011-06-15
Plans have been made for the 55th-year Reunion of the Johnson County High School Class of 1956. Letters have been sent to class members informing them of the plans. Various events will take place over a two-day period. Hopefully, there will be a large number of class members in attendance. I am proud to be a member of that class and I look forward to the reunion.  Full Story

Lady Cavaliers finish second in state once again

Date: 2011-06-15
For the second year in a row, the Holston Lady Cavalier Softball Team played for a state championship and for the second-straight year suffered a very similar feeling.  Full Story

Holston baseball team loses heartbreaker to J.I. Burton in State Quarterfinals

Date: 2011-06-15
It was a very tough way to end the greatest season in Holston High School Baseball history.  Full Story

Let your imagination soar at the public library

Date: 2011-06-15
Summer in the mountains of northeast Tennessee brings to mind images of slow, lazy days with balmy breezes, the hammock slightly swaying under a shade tree while pitchers of ice-cold homemade lemonade with a sprig of mint are setting on a nearby table. It's a time of catching lightening bugs and lying in the backyard on a large blanket, waiting for the nighttime sky to light up with stars.   Full Story

CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Date: 2011-06-15
Vacation Bible School   Full Story

Disaster Assistance Center to close soon

Date: 2011-06-10
The FEMA Disaster Assistance Center will leave Johnson County on June 18th as per FEMA officials.   Full Story

FEMA deadline is June 30th with 141 registered, only nine SBA applications

Date: 2011-06-08
More than two months have passed since a deadly tornado ripped its way through Johnson County, claiming two lives and accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. In the weeks following the storm, numerous aid groups were on the ground providing meals, cutting and cleaning brush and fallen trees, and helping those who had lost their homes.  Full Story

Chamber names award recipients

Date: 2011-06-08
The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner at the Crewette building in Mountain City Friday evening. A meal was prepared by the Levi retirees for a crowd that included County Mayor Larry Potter, City Mayor Lawrence Keeble, and Sheriff Mike Reece, as well as members of the county commission and the chamber of commerce board.   Full Story

Huge drug bust nets 20 arrests, more expected

Date: 2011-06-08
Just as Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a measure aimed at fighting the meth problem in Tennessee, more than 20 people were arrested last Monday as part of an ongoing investigation involving Johnson County residents who were observed traveling to Carter County for the purpose of purchasing large amounts of pseudoephedrine from various pharmacies in order to produce methamphetamine.   Full Story

Stout’s Store - preserving the heritage of Old Butler

Date: 2011-06-08
Months of hard work and dedication came to fruition Saturday morning at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Stout’s Store at Babe Curtis Park in Butler. In November of 2009 the old general store was moved from its long time location on Highway 67 in the community of Pine Orchard to its new home near the Butler Museum. The museum hopes to incorporate the building as part of its regular operations both as a part of the museum tour and as a concession stand during special events. The 2009 move marked the second time that the building has made such a journey, the first occurring in 1948 when the store was removed from the inundated town of Old Butler.   Full Story

Johnson County Historical Society Has Accomplished Much Since its Inception

Date: 2011-06-08
From its beginning until the present, Johnson County has been populated by hardy, independent and pioneering people. Within its borders are beautiful mountains and valleys that are impressive not only to its citizens but also to those who visit. The county has a very interesting history. Carter County, formed from Washington County in 1796, included the area of land that now comprises Johnson County. Dissatisfied due to the difficulty of travel to conduct official business in Elizabethton, the county seat of Carter County, men of vision and determination finally persuaded the Tennessee general assembly to create a new county. A private bill passed in 1835 that established a new county and Governor Newton Cannon signed it into law in early 1836. The determination to have a new county is an example of the tenacity inherent in the citizens of what became Johnson County.   Full Story

Out of sight, but certainly not out of mind

Date: 2011-06-08
From the moment my son signed his enlistment contract with the United States Air Force and took his oath, I had known the day of departure would surely arrive. After it became obvious the “quick ship” program wasn’t going to materialize, I even knew the exact date. On May 31st, he would begin the next phase of his adult life, but being prepared for it in my heart was entirely different.   Full Story

Holston baseball, softball teams have a week to remember

Date: 2011-06-08
It was maybe one of the greatest weeks in the history of the Holston High School athletic program.  Full Story

Diamondbacks defeat Pirates in Major Little League action

Date: 2011-06-08
The Diamondbacks and the Pirates were playing a barnburner last Tuesday night in Major Little League Baseball action, only to see the D-Backs pull away late for a convincing win.  Full Story

JCHS, JCMS sees good things in spring practice

Date: 2011-06-08
The JCHS Football Team recently finished spring practice and there were two big differences this year.  Full Story

Sudoku Solution

Date: 2011-06-08
This week's Solution - July 27, 2011 Edition   Full Story

Criminal cases in Johnson County...where they are now in the courts

Date: 2011-06-01
The following information contains the most recent updates to criminal charges that occurred in Johnson County, as well as crimes involving current or previous residents of Johnson County.  Full Story

County reappraisal values show 18% increase for homes, 31% land

Date: 2011-06-01
The State of Tennessee requires that property reappraisals must be conducted on four, five or six-year cycles. In Johnson County, the property assessments occur every five years. Property reappraisals were recently conducted and have been sent to property owners.  Full Story

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Date: 2011-06-01
Straddling the border between Tennessee and North Carolina is one of the most visited national parks in the nation. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a wonderland of nature with deep valleys and stately tree clothed mountains. Visitors may camp, hike or just take in the beauty of the mountain vistas as they enjoy what that great park has to offer.   Full Story

Randolph shares his NBA experience at the Junior Longhorn Basketball Game

Date: 2011-06-01
Ty Randolph pretty much started in obscurity only to work at the highest level in professional basketball.  Full Story

McKinney honored by basketball officials for hospitality

Date: 2011-06-01
Hospitality is something that Patty McKinney has taken very seriously for many years and now she has been honored by officials she has fed for a long time.  Full Story

Mountain Gardening - A feast for the eyes and the taste buds

Date: 2011-06-01
It's late springtime in Johnson County, and the hot, summer months are upon us. From all corners of the county, gardeners have already been busy planting, weeding and mulching both floral and vegetable gardens. We have been on a mission to find some of the prettiest gardens in the county, and The Tomahawk will showcase some of these magnificent displays in the next few months.  Full Story

A Compass for Life’s Journey

Date: 2011-06-01
Proverbs 3:1-6 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Full Story

WWII Veteran highlights Memorial Day services

Date: 2011-06-01
Under a hot and sunny sky, a group of Johnson Countians gathered to pay honor and respect to the fallen members of each branch of the military. The Memorial Day program held at Ralph Stout Park was a tribute to all servicemen and women who gave of themselves to keep Americans free and safe from harm.  Full Story

Those needing tornado damage assistance must register with FEMA

Date: 2011-05-18
Following a disaster, survivors sometimes hear inaccurate, incomplete or misleading information about disaster assistance. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge Tennesseans in the 10 counties, which includes Johnson County, affected by recent tornadoes, severe storms and flooding to get the facts now from TEMA and FEMA.  Full Story

Shady Valley Neighbors for Clean Air and Water

Date: 2011-05-18
A group of concerned citizens have banned together to form Shady Valley Neighbors for Clean Air and Water, falling under the wings of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. This organization was founded as a result of the misapplication of the pesticide, metam sodium, by Highland Soil Fumigation Company in November of 2010, and the subsequent water, soil and health problems that have since arisen in Shady Valley.  Full Story

Celebrating our armed forces and the people who make us strong

Date: 2011-05-18
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for look at some local service people.  Full Story

JCHS Track and Field qualifies two for sectional

Date: 2011-05-18
The JCHS Track and Field team continued its success by qualifying two people into the Class A/AA Secional at last Wednesday's subsectional.  Full Story

Tugman earns place in Region 1-A/AA Championship match

Date: 2011-05-18
Though Carlton Tugman just missed out on a trip to Murfreesboro, he did accomplish a tremendous feat Monday at the Bristol Racquet Club  Full Story

Butler Museum’s W. S. Stout Store to be Dedicated Saturday, May 28, at 11:00 a.m.

Date: 2011-05-18
It was quite a feat to move a store building a number of miles from its location on Highway 67 to a site at the Butler Museum in Butler, Tennessee. The W. S. (Stanley) Stout Store had stood alongside Highway 67 for many years. It no longer was in operation and needed to be saved. The process became possible when the owners Brian Kruger and Robert Ford, who had bought it several years ago, donated the store to the museum. The Butler Museum Board and a host of volunteers together accomplished that project of moving the store building to the museum grounds. A dedication ceremony is set to take place at the store May 28, at 11:00 a.m.   Full Story

We Need a Big, Mighty God

Date: 2011-05-16
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Full Story

City Council looks for ways to end wastewater system moratorium

Date: 2011-05-13
Brian Frederick, the town of Mountain City’s consulting engineer spoke before the city council Tuesday night concerning a plan of action to help the city eventually be cleared of a current moratorium by the state against the wastewater system. According to Frederick the system contains 25 million in infrastructure and was originally put installed in 1966. Over five miles of this infrastructure has never been touched and recent years have seen the sewer system receive various state fines, including one for $8000, which came with the current moratorium.  Full Story

Old Catalog Reprint: Reflection of Another Time

Date: 2011-05-12
While looking through some of my books recently, I came across a reprint of the 1909 Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog. Yes, you’re right. I’ve written about the prices in some old catalogs before. But it has been awhile. So, in view of the high prices of about everything you buy these days, I decided to write a little more about some of the prices that were advertised in that cata-log of bygone days.   Full Story

Elusive Golden Eagle...flying free in Shady Valley

Date: 2011-05-12
Shady Valley is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, which provides ample appeal for the natural enthusiast. On any given day the passerby could expect to see some of the more common creatures in any of the various kingdoms. From mammals such as black bears and deer, to the less noticeable reptiles and amphibians, Shady has a varied ecosystem, but perhaps one of the most rare and notable creatures in the area is of the bird family, namely the Golden Eagle.  Full Story

JCMS Baseball defeats Providence for third place

Date: 2011-05-10
The JCMS Baseball Team finished its season Saturday and left the 2011 campaign on a good note.  Full Story

Rep. Campbell, Lt. Gov. Ramsey host disaster relief meeting

Date: 2011-05-10
For Johnson County residents who suffered damages and lost homes and property in the tornado that swept through the mountains of East Tennessee on April 28th, there’s good news and bad news.  Full Story

JCHS Baseball reaches final four of District Tournament

Date: 2011-05-10
The JCHS Longhorn Baseball Team saw its season come to an end on Monday night, but not before giving everyone a week to remember.  Full Story

Schools not required to make up April 28th

Date: 2011-05-10
The May meeting of the Johnson County Board of Education was held Monday evening in the midst of a swirl of end-of-the-year awards presentations and various graduation festivities.   Full Story

Shower unit now available for storm victims

Date: 2011-05-06
Many churches and community organizations have proven that Tennessee is still the home of volunteers by spending countless hours in the Doe Valley and Butler areas of Johnson County trying to help residents still coping with the terrible storms and tornado that slammed into the area last week destroying numerous homes and killing two local women.   Full Story

Johnson County added to federal disaster declaration

Date: 2011-05-05
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today the federal government has approved and added Johnson County, along with five additional counties, to receive federal assistance as a result of the tornado that slammed into the area late last week.   Full Story

Johnson County struggles to be added to disaster list

Date: 2011-05-04
Following the news that Johnson County was not among the four counties designated as disaster areas from last week’s tornado, many residents have been understandably disappointed, frustrated and somewhat frightened. Rep. Scotty Campbell, Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter and Johnson County Emergency Management Director Jason Blevins are quick to reassure citizens that there will be further designations made as damages are assessed and reported to authorities.  Full Story

A community reaches out to help local storm victims

Date: 2011-05-04
This past week has brought devastation to many areas of Johnson County. People from all over the county have reached out to help their fellow neighbors, friends and families in need.  The following information provides some of the ways people can help, as well as listing churches and organization that are ready to help victims of the recent tornado.  Full Story

Tornado rips through county, claims two lives

Date: 2011-05-04
April 27th marked the worst outbreak of tornadoes to ever hit the southeastern United States and the second worst nationally in recorded meteorological history. With more than 350 casualties across the region and producing hundreds of individual tornadoes, with at least two in the EF5 category, this storm system is beaten by only the Tri-State outbreak on March 18th, 1925, which resulted in 695 deaths across three states in the Midwest.  Full Story

Students returned to school Friday amid tornado debris

Date: 2011-05-04
Johnson County educators tried to provide students a sense of normalcy and stability by returning to classes on Friday, a day after school was cancelled when a powerful storm system, which spawned several tornadoes roared through the area in the early morning hours of April 28th.  Full Story

Johnson Countians have displayed the silver lining of last week's storms

Date: 2011-05-04
Like many people, I always felt secure in the old belief that the mountains would break up any potential tornadoes before they could cause any death or destruction, acting as a fortress to keep us all safe from harm. For all of us who have seen the wrath of the recent tornado in our own county, our streets and our homes since late last Wednesday night, we all sadly learned that it is indeed very much an urban myth. Like many folks, I woke up Thursday morning to discover the nightmare that had devastated sections of our county.  Full Story

Tornadoes Rip Through Johnson County

Date: 2011-05-04
It was almost 13 years ago when areas of Johnson County experienced violent tornadoes that left a house demolished, others heavily damaged, several barns and outbuildings flattened and a number of trees uprooted or broken. To my knowledge those were the first tornadoes that had ever occurred in Johnson County. We had always felt fairly secure in these mountains up until then. Perhaps after almost 13 years since that eventful day in 1998, we had begun again to feel a sense of security from tornadoes and the havoc they produce.   Full Story

Local homes and lives devastated by tornado

Date: 2011-05-04
They say a picture speaks a thousand words and Tomahawk readers have bombarded us with photos attempting to depict the horrible mess left behind after last week's tornado. We share some of them with you on this week's Mountain Accent.   Full Story

Public Meeting about Disaster Assistance for Johnson County

Date: 2011-05-04
Rep. Scotty Campbell has planned a Public Meeting about Disaster Assistance for Johnson County for this Friday, May 6th, at the Johnson County Crewette Building on Vandilla Street. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss where we are in the TEMA/FEMA disaster assistance process and what assistance is available to Johnson Countians.  Full Story

Neighbors helping neighbors in Johnson County

Date: 2011-05-03
Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter has just announced the Johnson County landfill fees to those cleaning up after the tornado will be waived through this weekend.  Full Story

Storm Cleanup begins, assistance still needed

Date: 2011-05-02
After a report was released over the weekend indicating Gov. Bill Haslam's seeking federal disaster relief for Bradley, Greene, Hamilton & Washington counties as a result of this week's barrage of storms, Johnson Countians were left wondering why the governor chose not to visit the Doe Valley and Butler communities, where devastation is evident, and where two individuals lost their lives when a powerful EF2 tornado slammed into the region on Thursday.   Full Story

Electricity being restored to areas hardest hit

Date: 2011-04-29
MOUNTAIN ELECTRIC UPDATE SATURDAY  Full Story

Tornadoes touch down in Johnson County causing widespread damages

Date: 2011-04-28
Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out entire towns across the South, killing at least 200 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years, and officials said Thursday they expected the death toll to rise.  Full Story

UPDATE ON SEVERE STORMS

Date: 2011-04-28
According to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, two women were killed when their single-wide mobile homes were "blown completely away" by the severe storms the hit the region in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Full Story

Names of Johnson County Storm victims released

Date: 2011-04-28
According to Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece, two women were killed when their single-wide mobile homes were "blown completely away" by the storms.  Full Story

Pregnancy Support Center officially opens new facility

Date: 2011-04-27
In July of 2010, the Pregnancy Support Center of Johnson County, a Christian-based organization, opened its doors to young, pregnant women in the county.  On Monday, April 18, 2011, members of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, County Mayor Larry Potter, City Mayor Lawrence Keeble and a host of representatives from organizations and churches that has been a cornerstone of this endeavor were on hand to be a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremonies.   Full Story

Shady residents ask for support of commissioners

Date: 2011-04-27
A group of Shady Valley residents who have banned together and formed the Shady Valley Neighbors for Clean Air and Water (SVNCAW) signed up to address the commissioners as they gathered for the April meeting.  Members of this organization came to the meeting to ask the commissioners for their support regarding past and present concerns since the spraying of the pesticide, metam sodium, in November of 2010 in Shady Valley.  Full Story

Larry Greer charged in Clark shooting and more

Date: 2011-04-27
 A North Carolina man was arrested Wednesday on accusations that he invaded a Laurel Bloomery couple’s home in 2010 while impersonating a policeman and shot the couple on a return trip earlier this year, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said in a news release.   Full Story

Public Notice Bills Threaten Democracy

Date: 2011-04-27
Never, ever stop paying attention – advice from my mother regarding politics. But a whole slew of bills affecting public notice and public records may make it much more difficult for Tennesseans to pay attention to what their government is doing. Several bills will end newspaper publication of public notices - instead listing them only on government websites. Things like the sample ballot before elections, tax and fee increases, zoning changes and annexations. Other bills will reduce notices to one publication – like foreclosures. One bill will allow a fee for you to simply view a public record. And another set to pass will close 911 calls to the media! The effect of these policy changes to our open government laws will be a less informed citizenry. Many Tennesseans still do not have internet access – primarily senior citizens, young, low income individuals and the poorly educated. But even of those that have access – public notices are generally mundane – few will seek them out on a regular basis. I can hear the politicians now, scornfully blaming the citizen who is upset that he or she didn’t know of a zoning change or tax increase for not dutifully checking the government web site. Tennessee has one of the least restrictive foreclosure laws in the county – no courts, no judge, just mail a notice of sale to the address on hand, publish the notice of sale three times in the newspaper and then foreclose. Constructive notice – publishing the notice three times in the paper - has helped family members and friends save homes from foreclosure. Reducing visibility to one printing will reduce the odds of assistance. Charging a fee to view public records is simply outrageous – these are our records. It is our government. We should have full access to any government record as long as the information is not restricted due to some confidential nature; like social security numbers, health records or school records. Talk about protecting criminals and wife beaters! Denying the media access to 911 calls – unless the caller signs a release – hurts our society and protects criminals. Is it not common sense that callers will likely be a little embarrassed by their panic and so refuse to sign a release? How will callers even be located? But most important the reality is this, there is no expectation of privacy when a crime or emergency is reported – it is the same thing as yelling help out on the street. The target of all of these bills seems to be the media; to either reduce their revenue or to increase their costs. But the victim is you and me. Most people think it is a worthwhile expense to pay for traffic lights and stop signs – and not simply post of list of dangerous intersections on a government web site. Publication of government’s intent to take some action that may limit or change our rights, or that may take our property in the place where the community looks to learn of the local happenings; news, sports, births, deaths, opinions and local events, is not a trivial expense to be done away with in lean budget years or a weapon to be used against those who report on government actions but rather public notice is an essential price of democracy.   Full Story

May, Edington win conference championships at Three Rivers Meet

Date: 2011-04-27
The story of Montra May was documented earlier in the year, but it became even more intriguing last Tuesday at the Three Rivers Conference Track and Field Meet.  Full Story

JCHS Baseball knocks off Big Eight School at home

Date: 2011-04-27
Just last week, Judd Hammons was told he would be out for the remainder of the 2011 JCHS Baseball Season. On Friday night at Longhorn Field, the sophomore shortstop played and had the best game of his varsity high school career and as a result led his team to a major non-conference victory.  Full Story

What is Now East Tennessee Area was Important Factor in American Independence

Date: 2011-04-27
The readiness of folks from Tennessee, no less so from the Northeast Tennessee area, to volunteer for action in the various military campaigns that have occurred throughout America’s history is well known. Tennessee’s nickname is “The Volunteer State.” And of course, what Tennessean doesn’t know about the University of Tennessee’s “Volunteers” — a name chosen for UT’s sports teams due to Tennessee’s long recognition for the volunteerism of its citizens.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns reach championship game of Tiny Day Tournament

Date: 2011-04-22
The JCHS Softball Program didn't win a championship on Sunday, but it might have pulled off its biggest win of the season.  Full Story

Colored Eggs on Easter and Every other Morning

Date: 2011-04-19
Thoughts of springtime and Easter brings back vivid memories of newspapers spread across the itchen table as small-colored tablets are carefully placed into bowls of vinegar and water. The liquid magically changes to shades of red, blue, green and beyond. Eager children watch in  Full Story

Officials share priorities at Legislative Breakfast

Date: 2011-04-19
The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a very informational legislative breakfast Saturday morning in the lower level of the Johnson County Welcome Center. Key speakers included Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, State representative Scotty Campbell, County Mayor Larry Potter, City Mayor Lawrence Keeble, Lana Moore with Senator Lamar Alexander’s office, Bridget Baird with Senator Bob Corker’s office, and Bill Snodgrass with Representative Phil Roe’s office.  Full Story

School Board to purchase bleachers and new buses

Date: 2011-04-19
With the end of the school year on the horizon and graduation scheduled for next month, the Johnson County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday evening in conference room of the Johnson County Office Building.  Full Story

Johnson County lost a friend in former Governer Ned McWherter

Date: 2011-04-19
Ned McWherter, who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1987 to 1995, passed away on April 4, 2011.  He was 80 years old. McWherter, a Democrat, was the son of a sharecropper whose career in politics took him from the Tennessee House of Representatives to Speaker of the House, serving on many committees before his election as governor.  Full Story

The Lost State of Franklin

Date: 2011-04-19
The Lost State of Franklin  Full Story

Lady Longhorns no-hit Sullivan East

Date: 2011-04-19
Sam Mahala had already thrown one no-hitter, but last Wednesday in Bluff City, she chose a perfect time to throw another one.  Full Story

JCHS Baseball upset by Happy Valley

Date: 2011-04-19
A rough few days for the JCHS Baseball became even rougher on Monday afternoon.  Full Story

Best Education Practices Ignored at Home

Date: 2011-04-19
I recently had the privilege of attending the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in New York City. The event marked the first time education ministers, teachers and union leaders from around the world convened in the United States to discuss best practices in building a world-class teaching force. Foreign delegations from 15 high-performing and rapidly-improving education systems, including Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom, joined the United States in holding discussion sessions focused on Teacher Recruitment and Preparation; Development, Support and Retention of Teachers; Teacher Evaluation and Compensation; and Teacher Engagement in Education Reform.  Full Story

JCMS Baseball loses two tough games

Date: 2011-04-13
The JCMS Baseball Team had a difficult week, losing games against Providence Academy and Happy Valley.  Full Story

JCHS Tennis fights hard in defeat to Unicoi County

Date: 2011-04-13
The JCHS Tennis Team was playing short-handed on Monday and though the Longhorns gave a good effort, Unicoi County was too strong.  Full Story

Sheila Shaw is new city recorder; City Council says doublewide must be removed from property

Date: 2011-04-13
The first regularly held city council meeting for newly elected Mountain City Mayor Lawrence Keeble brought with it several changes to the face of city politics. The big topic of the night was the nomination of Sheila Shaw to Terry Reece’s long running position as city recorder. Reece, who will be retiring in June after more than 20 years with the city, currently holds both the job of recorder and city judge. New regulations now prevent any employee from holding double positions, and Mayor Keeble opened up the topic with a four part motion including his desire to promote a new recorder from within the city’s current employees.  Full Story

Federal budget issues halt monthly Social Security rep visits to county

Date: 2011-04-13
The usual second Tuesday of the month visits to Johnson County from Social Security representatives have been halted due to the federal budget crisis in Washington, D.C.   Full Story

Stewart's documents join courthouse historical display

Date: 2011-04-13
Framed documents proposed by Ralph Stewart joined the historical display already in place on the walls of the Johnson County courthouse this week. Stewart brought a lawsuit against the county recently citing the display of the Ten Commandments and other documents but the exclusion of his proposal was unconstitutional. In the March meeting of the county commissioners, the council voted unanimously to allow Stewart’s display. The headings read “The Ten Commandments Are Not The Foundation of American Law” and “On the Legal Heritage of the Separation of Church and State.” Various quotes and excerpts are given including the two shown above.   Full Story

Johnson County's got talent

Date: 2011-04-13
It was a night full of amazing performances at the sixth annual Johnson County Talent Show, hosted by the Johnson County Community Foundation at Heritage Hall. Featuring 25 acts along with performances from past winners and the Johnson County Chorale, the talent show serves as a final competition for the winners of the preliminary competitions at the various county schools. The show is divided into four categories based on the grade levels of each contestant.  Full Story

JCHS Baseball sweeps Hampton; Off to 11-3 start to season

Date: 2011-04-13
If people didn't know Sawyer Ward was one of the area's top baseball players, Hampton sure did find out in a doubleheader against the Bulldogs on Friday evening.  Full Story

A Visit to Andrew Johnson Historical Sites in Greeneville is a Gold Mine of History

Date: 2011-04-13
My wife Mary and I drove to Morristown Wednesday to visit my high school classmate and friend Conrad Ward. It had been awhile since I had been to Morristown and I had forgotten the beauty of that city with a population of around 30,000. We spent the night there and as guests of Conrad enjoyed a delicious breakfast at David Crockett Restaurant. After that we headed back to Mountain City. Morristown is where David Crockett grew up and east of downtown is the Crockett Tavern Museum, a replica of the 1790’s building where Crockett lived as a boy.   Full Story

City elects Keeble mayor; Jordan, Morrison aldermen

Date: 2011-03-30
A small but tense crowd gathered at the Johnson County Election Office Saturday evening, waiting to hear the results of weeks of campaigning that would ultimately see a new mayor and alderman in the Town of Mountain City. Polls officially closed at 6 p.m., and it took approximately half an hour for both polling machines to be counted and added to the early and absentee votes.  Full Story

Tennessee's proposed 2011-2012 budget seeks cuts in Community Service work crews

Date: 2011-03-30
Governor Bill Haslam of the State of Tennessee recently presented the proposed state budget for fiscal year 2011-2012. Haslam's budget seeks cuts in the Tennessee Department of Corrections, including local Northeast Correctional Complex.  Full Story

County mayor lends a hand to local 'Meals on Wheels'

Date: 2011-03-30
First Tennessee Human Resource Agency’s Nutrition Program held Mayors for Meals Day on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter participated in the event to show his support for our community’s home bound and hungry seniors.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns Defeat Elizabethton for the First Time Since 2006

Date: 2011-03-30
By: Matt Hill  Full Story

JCHS Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Sullivan North

Date: 2011-03-30
By: Matt Hill  Full Story

Johnson County Community Theatre presents The Hallelujah Girls

Date: 2011-03-30
The Johnson County Community Theatre presented The Hallelujah Girls, an eight-person hilarious Southern comedy this past weekend at Heritage Hall. The talented performers quickly took their audience to Eden Falls, Georgia, a small Southern town where friends were as close as family.  Full Story

Flight is a Fascinating Subject for me

Date: 2011-03-30
While I’ve flown little, I’ve been fascinated by airplanes since I was a child. I remember watching planes fly over our farm as I hoed tobacco or picked beans in the hot summer sun. Looking up into the blue sky and dreaming of flying, transported me in my imagination to far-away lands and adventures.  Full Story

Who is that in the mirror?

Date: 2011-03-30
Years ago, when my grandmother turned 90, I asked her if she felt any older than she did when she turned 80. To my surprise, her response was that she didn't feel any older in her head than she did when she was 20. To my just approaching middle-age body, I thought she was way out in left field. Little did I realize that before long, I would have the exact same sentiments on aging.  Full Story

Senator Lamar Alexander visits Mtn. City

Date: 2011-03-23
The Mountain City/Johnson County Welcome Center became a beehive of  Full Story

Mtn. City native, Dr. Bill Greer, named Milligan president

Date: 2011-03-23
The Board of Trustees of Milligan College, a nationally recognized Christian liberal arts college in Tennessee, has appointed Dr. Bill Greer, a native of Mountain City, as the 15th president in the college’s 145-year history.  Full Story

Commissioners vote to allow Stewart's posters in courthouse

Date: 2011-03-23
The Johnson County commissioners quickly convened into an executive session after the opening of the March County Commissioners meeting.  The commissioners, who met with Nate Kellum of the Alliance Defense Fund, returned to the courtroom after a meeting that lasted approximately one hour regarding the Ten Commandment lawsuit filed against Johnson County by Ralph Stewart.  The lawsuit was filed when the county would not allow specific posters, proposed by Stewart, to be displayed in the county courthouse.  A motion was made and approved unanimously to allow Stewart’s documents to be displayed in the county courthouse.  Full Story

Written Words Are Powerful Indeed

Date: 2011-03-23
One of the first dictionaries I bought was a Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary in 1956. Little did I know at the time that 17 years into my future I would begin to make my living in part by writing words. Working at a weekly newspaper was the furthest thing from my mind at that time. I began my employment with The Tomahawk in 1973. It was then that words and the stories they tell became of greater importance to me than ever before. I retired from The Tomahawk in 2003 after more than 30 years there. I have been writing this column since August of 2003 and this is my 394th since then. So juggling words has been an important part of my life and livelihood.   Full Story

JCHS Softball Team Wins four out of five games

Date: 2011-03-23
Ashley Arnold and the JCHS Softball Team have a little chip on their shoulders and it showed on Thursday night at Kirksey Field as when Arnold was up to bat, the entire Unaka Team moved in.  Full Story

Longhorns defeat Cavaliers in pitchers duel.

Date: 2011-03-23
When JCHS and Holston usually get together in baseball, a lot of the times it's a slug fest. On Friday, the game had a little different feel to it.  Full Story

Mountain City Mayoral, Alderman candidates

Date: 2011-03-23
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk to view candidate questionnaires in regards to this weekend's Mountain City Municipal Election. Vying for mayor are incumbent Kevin Parsons and seasoned alderman Lawrence C. Keeble. Three candidates are running for alderman seats: Jerry Jordan, Bob Morrison and Kathy Cornett Terrill.   Full Story

School Board approves graduation date

Date: 2011-03-16
With 18 days missed for inclement winter weather, but with temperatures finally on the rise, the Johnson County School Board met in regular session on Thursday evening and began looking at the upcoming school year by officially setting the date for graduation.  Full Story

Discovering our roots

Date: 2011-03-16
The United States is a nation of immigrants who came from many lands, many races and many religions. With the exception of people who descend from Native Americans, others are the children, grandchildren and beyond of those brave souls who, for their own reasons, left their country of birth and traveled to a new land, a new home and a new beginning.  Full Story

A Nostalgic Look at Some Old Cars That Were Once a Part of the American Scene

Date: 2011-03-16
In this week’s column I want to take a walk down memory lane and mention a few American automobiles brands that were once popular and regularly seen on the roads.   Full Story

JCHS Baseball Team romps Warriors in season opener

Date: 2011-03-16
Mark Jennings has experienced several great football performances, but on Monday afternoon he had a baseball game he will never forget.  Full Story

Government should remain in the sunshine

Date: 2011-03-16
Sunshine Week, which kicked off Sunday, March 13, started almost a decade ago when 150 proposals in the Florida legislature threatened to turn the Sunshine State’s model “government in the sunshine” law into Swiss cheese.  Full Story

Steele earns spot on JCP Elite 11 Team

Date: 2011-03-16
Every child in Northeast Tennessee dreams of being named to the Johnson City Press' Elite 11 Team and now Jason Steele is earning the honor for the second time.  Full Story

What to Do About Music?

Date: 2011-03-16
by David Crank (From Volume 3 Issue 1 of Unless the Lord ... Magazine)  Full Story

Local leaders attend State-of-the-State Address

Date: 2011-03-16
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his first “State of the State” address on Monday night at the state capital.  Governor Haslam said his budget is going on a rigorous diet as compared to past budgets.   He presented his $30 billion spending plan to both Senate and House lawmakers.  With federal stimulus money no longer available, Haslam’s budget next year is $2 billion smaller than this year’s plan.  It is forcing departments to cut an average in many cases of 2.5% from administrative positions.  “The reality is that there are a lot of things I would like to do, that each member of the legislature would like to do, but that we simply cannot afford,” said Haslam.  Full Story

Be a part of our upcoming 2011 Anniversary Edition

Date: 2011-03-10
DEADLINE EXTENDED ~ Hurry ~ Our anniversary edition is printing later this month & we want YOU to be a part of it. FREE entries for all businesses & community organizations. Pick up a copy of this week's paper for the questionnaire forms, complete it & get it to us a.s.a.p.  Full Story

Meth Cleanup Money Gone

Date: 2011-03-09
For the past seven years, Missouri led the country as the number one state for methamphetamine lab incidents, including busts and seizures. That has changed as Tennessee reported 2,082 meth incidents in 2010, compared to Missouri's 1,960. To complicate the on-going battle on drugs, federal funding received by the states for the cleanup of the meth labs has run out.  Full Story

Recent flooding intensifies fear of water contamination in Shady Valley

Date: 2011-03-09
Since early November of 2010, some Shady Valley residents have suffered on-going health problems that they believe are connected with the spraying of pesticides on the arugula fields that are leased by B&W Quality Growers, Inc. out of Florida. In an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, B&W Quality Growers, Inc., along with Highland Soil Fumigation, Inc., were cited for multiple violations related to the application of the pesticide, metam sodium.  Full Story

The Bristol Sessions, Music Reproduction, and Early Hillbilly En-tertainers

Date: 2011-03-09
The “Bristol Sessions” was in the news again recently when the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA) donated to the Ar-chives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University a five-CD boxed set that includes music recorded in the 1927 sessions and the 1928 sessions in Bristol, Tennessee. Also included in the set is a 120-page hardbound book.   Full Story

JCHS Baseball Team looking for pitching depth in 2011

Date: 2011-03-09
If the JCHS Baseball Team can find some depth at pitching, the Longhorns may just have one of their best teams in several years going into the 2010 campaign.  Full Story

JCHS Softball looking to get over hump this season

Date: 2011-03-09
After a .500 season and a disappointing fourth place finish in the conference and district last season, the JCHS Lady Longhorn softball team looks to be stronger and better in 2011.  Full Story

YouthBuild - Building skills, self-confidence & academics

Date: 2011-03-09
Five years ago the city of Kingsport was introduced to a new program designed to help disadvantaged young adults obtain their general education diplomas, while at the same time developing life skills that could help them get back on track and secure a brighter future on their own. Known as Youthbuild, the program earns its name from its very unique curriculum, which includes training in construction that the participants use to build a home. Divided into two groups, students in Youthbuild spend half their time on the construction site and the other in the classroom, honing their knowledge in preparation for their GED.  Full Story

Single car crash claims the life of a Shady Valley man

Date: 2011-03-09
A missing person’s report ended badly last week as the body of Joshua A. Cornett, 23, of Shady Valley was found Tuesday night in his 1999 Dodge pickup truck at the bottom of steep ravine near the Johnson County/Carter County line near Cross Mountain, a stretch of road notorious for dangerous curves and embankments.   Full Story

Introduction of two new bills to further restrict purchase of meth ingredients

Date: 2011-03-02
In the continuing battle to fight the ever-increasing production of methamphetamine, two bills have been introduced in the state of Tennessee. Both deal with further restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter cold and allergy medications containing pseudoephedrine (PSE), an ingredient that can be used to illegally manufacture meth.  Full Story

Hospital's new pediatric room open house is Friday

Date: 2011-03-02
The Johnson County Hospital Foundation has been hard at work raising monies for projects that will have a direct and positive impact on Johnson Countians here at home. On Friday, March 4th, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., the public is invited to an open house celebrating the opening of a pediatric emergency room.  Full Story

JCHS Basketball team sees postseason end with Region Semifinal loss

Date: 2011-03-02
The JCHS Boys Basketball Team went through a second quarter lull against Greeneville Tuesday night and saw their miracle run through the postseason come to an end.  Full Story

President Calvin Coolidge: A Man of Few Words

Date: 2011-03-02
It seems to me that among all presidents of this great United States, the one who has received the least amount of attention in regard to his uniqueness in office and out is Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president if Grover Cleveland’s second non-successive term is counted. As vice-president under President Warren Harding, Coolidge became president upon Harding’s death. Coolidge, a Republican, was elected president in his own right in 1924.  Full Story

“Zero tolerance” sometimes makes zero sense

Date: 2011-03-02
Okay, I get it. Schools are no place for weapons or drugs and the workplace is no place for chatting on a cell phone, but don’t you think all these “zero tolerance” policies are taking things a little too far as of late?  Full Story

Butler Ruritans explore the future with "Ruriteen"

Date: 2011-03-02
It was a busy day in Butler Saturday as the Butler Ruritan sponsored a series of events to raise funds for the Little Milligan Food Pantry and began the process of establishing a youth program in the community. Featuring a range of guest speakers and judges including Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter and State Representative Scotty Campbell, Ruritan organizers worked hard at making the day a resounding success.  Full Story

The Proof Is In Your Patience

Date: 2011-03-02
By Max Lucado  Full Story

Commissioners meet with lawyers about Ten Commandments; still no news to public

Date: 2011-02-23
Johnson County commissioners gathered to meet for their regular monthly meeting but quickly adjourned to meet in an executive and closed session to discuss the Ten Commandment lawsuit filed by Ralph Stewart against Johnson County. The commissioners were joined by attorneys Jeff Ward with Milligan and Coleman and Nate Kellum with the Alliance Defense Fund. After meeting for approximately an hour and ten minutes, the commissioners returned back to the court room to continue with the February commissioners meeting.  Full Story

Local couple shot while they slept early Tuesday

Date: 2011-02-23
According to information from Sheriff Mike Reece, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting which occurred in the early morning hours of February 22, 2011 at 680 Sugar Creek Road, Mountain City.  Full Story

Longhorns fight hard in District Championship loss

Date: 2011-02-23
A magical District Tournament came to an end Tuesday night for the JCHS Boys Basketball Team, but not wiithout another effort that made a huge fan contingent very proud.  Full Story

A community celebrates Evelyn Cook Day ~ March 1, 2011

Date: 2011-02-23
After high school graduation, most adults can, without a moment’s hesitation, name the teacher they credit with making a difference in their life; the one that helped them believe in themselves, that made them feel special in a sea of faces and personalities; the one that sparked a confidence in themselves that didn’t exist before that teacher’s influence.   Full Story

Old Newspaper Affords a Look Back at Johnson County

Date: 2011-02-23
While looking through some of my files recently, I found an October 31, 1946, edition of The John-son County News. The front page gives somewhat of a glimpse of Johnson County at the time of the paper’s publication. The slogan for “The News” was “An Independent Newspa-per Devoted to the Best In-terests of Johnson County.” The Johnson County News was one of the names the paper had over the years before it became The Tomahawk in 1956.  Full Story

School Board votes to add any more missed days to end of year

Date: 2011-02-16
The Johnson County Board of Education voted Thursday night to make-up any additional school days lost because of snow by adding days to the end of the school year. Director of Schools Morris Woodring informed the board that a decision needed to be made as to how to address any additional snow days as the maximum number of days, which is 18 days, had now been used. The board previously voted to make up one day by having school on the federal holiday of President's Day, Monday, February 21st.   Full Story

Flu hits entire area with a vengeance

Date: 2011-02-16
The flu season has hit much of the country with a vengeance. Johnson County is not alone as the number of flu cases has increased in the past few weeks. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) 37 states have reported widespread cases of the flu. Beginning in October, the flu season typically peaks in January and February.  Full Story

Will there be an early spring?

Date: 2011-02-16
With more than a month until the calendar officially declares the winter season over, many people are wondering just how much more bad weather can we expect. According to one Pennsylvania rodent, the recent warm spell is just the beginning of an early spring. Each year on February second the citizens of Punxsutawney give their attention to the weather predicting skills of a famous groundhog named Phil. Legend says that if Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter; if he doesn’t; then it means an early spring, which he did this year.  Full Story

Longhorns put early scare into Unicoi County before falling

Date: 2011-02-16
By Matt Hill  Full Story

Doc Watson, renowned guitarist

Date: 2011-02-16
From the first time I heard him play, I admired the gui-tar virtuosity of Doc Wat-son. Doc, who is 88 years old, has been an important part of the musical scene for many years. His career has taken him to many parts of the U. S. and he has played in many venues, including college campuses and folk festivals as far away as New York City and California. From playing on the streets of Boone and Lenoir, North Carolina, to the highest echelons of entertainment, he has remained unchanged by it all. He has played with some of the most no-table stars in Bluegrass, Blues, Folk and Old Time music. Doc’s steady bari-tone voice blends well with his playing.   Full Story

It's that time of year again

Date: 2011-02-16
Americans across the country have begun the yearly ritual of scrounging through their file cabinets, glove compartments, wallets and envelopes tucked around their home and office looking for potential receipts as they prepare to begin filling out their federal taxes. April 15th is traditionally the day taxes must be filed unless an extension has been requested. This year, the tax due date has been extended to April 18th, a result of a Washington DC holiday known as Emancipation Day, a day to recognize the freeing of slaves in the District of Columbia.  Full Story

JCMS wins third place in Tri-County Seventh Grade Tournament

Date: 2011-02-16
The JCMS Seventh Grade Girls Basketball Team struggled to start the year, but has turned things around at the finish.  Full Story

The 'Golden Rule' is still golden

Date: 2011-02-16
We teach our children "the golden rule" as early as possible and preschool children and elementary students are reminded of its basic premise - only do to others what you would have them do to you - on a weekly, if not daily basis. While many people associate this timeless concept to the Bible, it is actually derived from the aspect of human moral decency and its prevalence is on the decline in America and even in our sacred south.   Full Story

American Pickers episode to air February 14th

Date: 2011-02-11
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American Pickers episode to air Feburary 14th

Date: 2011-02-11
Since the History Channel aired its first episode of American Pickers in January of 2010, pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have been filmed as they travel across various regions of the United States on a quest to discover potential treasures. This Monday, February 14th, Johnson County's own Jim Wills will be featured as these now famous antique and collectible hunters make the trek to Mountain City to take a look at a millstone saved from the grist mill that belonged to Wills’ father, Earl.  Full Story

Inadequate budget to repair roads

Date: 2011-02-09
The winter months wreak havoc on not only roads in Johnson County but across the country. Harsh winters that lead to thaws that often begin in February and March are a welcome sight for many people, but for those people who maintain the roads, it’s the beginning of a long list of road repairs.  Full Story

Longhorns back on track after pulling upset over HV

Date: 2011-02-09
Cody Brown came to play on Friday night and the Happy Valley Warriors had no answer for him.  Full Story

Rules changing for GED test

Date: 2011-02-09
In today’s tight economy, competition for jobs is fierce and to increase the chances of making an employer’s short list of candidates, jobseekers must not only possess the necessary experience and skills to perform the job for which they are applying, they must also meet the educational requirements, and that includes a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) Diploma at the very least.   Full Story

Lady Longhorns earn first victory of Todd Whittemore era

Date: 2011-02-09
There is a picture in JCHS head girls basketball coach Todd Whittemore’s office of his 2000-01 Volunteer Boys Basketball Team after winning the District title. Though that was a great moment, he had one last Wednesday night that was almost as special.  Full Story

Longhorns back on track after pulling upset over HV

Date: 2011-02-09
Cody Brown came to play on Friday night and the Happy Valley Warriors had no answer for him.  Full Story

Most Romantic Photo Chosen

Date: 2011-02-09
Thanks to our sponsors, Mountain City Pharmacy and the House of Flowers, our Mountain Accent page takes a romantic turn this week as we are presenting our winners in this year's 'Most Romantic' photo contest. Congrats to the winners & thanks for all of the entries.  Full Story

Nick the Hermit,” The South’s Most Famous Hermit”

Date: 2011-02-09
It has been quite a while since I have written about Nick the Hermit who was one of Johnson County’s most unique residents. I was reminded of that re-cently when I found a Tomahawk newspaper clip-ping dated May 30, 1984 that featured a story con-cerning the restoration of his memorial on Cross Mountain. I’m sure most residents of Johnson County know about him but some might not, especially newcomers to our county’s borders.  Full Story

It's time for a dose of red, white and blue

Date: 2011-02-09
No matter our political affiliation, our parties give us reason to hold our heads high at times, and reason to imitate the proverbial ostrich at others. Recently we have seen shameful acts by both red and blue, donkey and elephant, but most of us still stand behind our party.   Full Story

Making Apple Butter, Molasses and Sweet Cider

Date: 2011-02-03
I remember helping in the process of making apple butter and mo-lasses in my younger days. While the work wasn’t so easy, the payoff came when those delectable products were ready to process and put into glass jars. Homemade apple butter wasn’t usually made for sales distribution but was usually divided among the folks who contributed the material or helped in the process. Apple butter tasted very good on a hot homemade biscuit when snow-flakes began to fall. Apple butter making today is usually for demonstration purposes at festivals and fairs. Molasses though was a moneymaking project of sorts since the finished product was usu-ally sold by the quart to very willing buyers. Also, it was a take-home-for-eating-later delight. It too tasted mighty good with a pat of butter on a cathead biscuit fresh from the oven.   Full Story

Reece, Barry announce plans to leave city employment

Date: 2011-02-02
Pastor Frank Johnson of Elk Mills Baptist Church began the February meeting of the Town of Mountain City Council with a prayer and, as an air force veteran, by leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Full Story

Beware of telephone and email scams reported here

Date: 2011-02-02
Telephone and email scammer attacks have become rampant throughout the country.  It’s not uncommon to open up an email and there is a letter from someone claiming to be in Africa or another foreign country who will send you money if you respond and provide your banking information.  Telephone fraud, too, is a nationwide problem with some calls hitting home in Johnson County recently.  Full Story

Samatha Mahala crowned JCHS 2011 Basketball Homecoming Queen

Date: 2011-02-02
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for photos of the 2011 JCHS Basketball Homecoming Queen, Homecoming Princess and the entire court.  Full Story

Roger Gentry, a true hometown hero

Date: 2011-02-02
A lifelong county resident with a long list of achievements under his belt, Roger Gentry has become a well-known and respected figure in Johnson County who has surely earned a lasting place in its history. Making his living in law enforcement, Gentry has served as both officer and administrator, steering both the Town of Mountain City and Johnson County through tumultuous periods of change, and helping to implement new policies while balancing an often difficult budget.  Full Story

JCHS Boys lose to Hampton

Date: 2011-02-02
The JCHS Boys ran into a tidal wave on Monday night as Hampton was hitting its shots and making life miserable for the Longhorns.  Full Story

Making Apple Butter, Molasses and Sweet Cider

Date: 2011-02-02
I remember helping in the process of making apple butter and mo-lasses in my younger days. While the work wasn’t so easy, the payoff came when those delectable products were ready to process and put into glass jars. Homemade apple butter wasn’t usually made for sales distribution but was usually divided among the folks who contributed the material or helped in the process. Apple butter tasted very good on a hot homemade biscuit when snow-flakes began to fall. Apple butter making today is usually for demonstration purposes at festivals and fairs. Molasses though was a moneymaking project of sorts since the finished product was usu-ally sold by the quart to very willing buyers. Also, it was a take-home-for-eating-later delight. It too tasted mighty good with a pat of butter on a cathead biscuit fresh from the oven.   Full Story

Reece, Barry announce plans to leave city employment

Date: 2011-02-02
Pastor Frank Johnson of Elk Mills Baptist Church began the February meeting of the Town of Mountain City Council with a prayer and, as an air force veteran, by leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Full Story

Reece, Barry announce plans to leave city employment

Date: 2011-02-02
Longtime city employee Larry Barry came before the council to announce his intent to resign following a round of medical problems. Barry has worked as the city mechanic for the last 23 ½ years, utilizing his own tools for the job. Barry stated that he was “thankful for the time I was with the city and I regret having to leave. I hope you will pray for me that I get better, and I will truly miss working.” After several words of praise for Barry’s excellent work, the council voted to accept his resignation.  Full Story

Roger Gentry, a true hometown hero

Date: 2011-02-02
A lifelong county resident with a long list of achievements under his belt, Roger Gentry has become a well-known and respected figure in Johnson County who has surely earned a lasting place in its history. Making his living in law enforcement, Gentry has served as both officer and administrator, steering both the Town of Mountain City and Johnson County through tumultuous periods of change, and helping to implement new policies while balancing an often difficult budget.  Full Story

JCHS Boys win one; lose two during last week’s action

Date: 2011-01-26
If you had told JCHS head boys basketball coach Austin Atwood that he would give up only 48 points Friday night, he would have taken it.  Full Story

Youth Basketball full of action

Date: 2011-01-26
Tuesday Roan Creek Games Jan. 18  Full Story

Skateboard club rallies for improvements to local facilities

Date: 2011-01-26
The JCHS Skateboard Club is trying to break stereotypes and in the process trying to make awareness of improvements to the local skateboard park.  Full Story

Sunshine is Sure Welcome During These Icy Times

Date: 2011-01-26
Well, we got a little respite from the snow last week. The sun showed forth just a little bit only a day or two. As we got started on the new week, Sunday started out pretty cold: 22 degrees at our house. But by late morning some warmth could be felt from the welcome solar rays, even more so in the afternoon.   Full Story

Drama students present a superb 'Little Women'

Date: 2011-01-26
The stage at Heritage Hall was transformed this past Saturday evening to a small town in New England during the Civil War. The Johnson County High School Drama Department gave an outstanding performance based on the old yet still beloved book, Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott. The performers, under the direction of Lisa Zeggert, Kelsey Yongue and Matney Plyler, transported the audience back to a time of turmoil in our country's history with their performance of Little Women, a drama adapted by Marisha Chamberlain.  Full Story

County Mayor Hopeful for trails project on Doe Mountain acreage

Date: 2011-01-26
Considering the tumultuous economic climate of the past few years, there has been little development and a great deal of business lost in Johnson County in recent months, but County Mayor Larry Potter is working hard to pursue opportunities as they come along. One of the big projects underway concerns the status of Doe Mountain, a large section of land that runs right down the heart of the county and may jumpstart its future.  Full Story

Alliance Defense Fund to represent county in Ten Commandment suit

Date: 2011-01-26
Johnson County commissioners held their regular meeting this past Thursday, January 20, 2011. The meeting was quickly underway as a motion to accept the budget amendments was passed.  Full Story

Local Communities Rely on Newspapers

Date: 2011-01-26
Local communities continue to rely on newspapers Editorial Board Manchester Times December 15, 2010 Founding father Thomas Jefferson said in 1787, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." In small towns across America, Mr. Jefferson's words seem to ring true today. A study recently released by the National Newspaper Association shows that communities served by local newspapers continue to demonstrate heavy reliance upon their local papers for news and information. As a matter of fact, 73 percent say they read a local newspaper at least once a week. Readers also say they read most or all of their community newspapers (78 percent), and of those going online for local news, 55 percent found it on the local newspaper's website, compared to 17 percent for sites such as Yahoo, MSN or Google, and 26 percent for the website of a local TV station. Working with the research arm of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism, NNA tests reactions of people living in smaller communities served by local newspapers. Since 2005, NNA has done research on how people read and what they think about their local newspapers. Results have been fairly consistent over the years, though the surveys have focused more tightly on small communities during the five years.   Full Story

Positive Thinkers lend Santa a helping hand

Date: 2011-01-19
Each year around October, the Positive Thinkers organization of Mountain City begins their annual Santa’s Helping Hands Project, which has helped hundreds of struggling families ensure a merry Christmas for their children. Although the project was originally a joint effort of several organizations such as the Beta Theta as well as sponsors from Danny Herman Trucking, DHS, CIT and Farmers State Bank, by 1999 the only group remaining was the Positive Thinkers, who took the project and have been met with growing success since.  Full Story

Baby Boomers - another healthcare crisis looming

Date: 2011-01-19
With a new year now underway and a Republican led congress beginning session, the economy and healthcare are paramount. The national debt is also a nagging concern and it is painfully obvious the government will be unable to balance the books without dealing with health care costs, and now a new twist has reared its head and Medicare is in the middle.  Full Story

APPCO bought by NC company; plans to hire locally, open soon

Date: 2011-01-19
VPS Convenience Stores, based out of Wilmington, North Carolina, has recently acquired 22 of the former APPCO stores that were closed due to bankruptcy filings this past summer, including locations in the tri-cities, southwestern Virginia and Mountain City. The stores will re-open as part of the Scotchman Convenience Store chain.  Full Story

School board axes alternate bus routes, addresses dwindling snow days

Date: 2011-01-19
Johnson County Schools have only been in session eight days since November, five in December and a measly three this month and this winter’s hefty portion of snowfall and the number of days missed for inclement weather is causing administrative and instructional concerns with regards to upcoming spring state testing. With standardized test scores increasingly determining a school's success or failure, many districts, including Johnson County, abbreviated the summer vacation and went back to school in early August to give students additional time in the classroom before state exams, but snowstorm after snowstorm is threatening to curtail the effort and the Johnson County Board of Education began discussion as to the most effective way to recoup missed instructional time.  Full Story

County sued over Ten Commandments display

Date: 2011-01-19
Ralph Stewart and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) filed a federal lawsuit in Greeneville last Thursday against Johnson County. The suit says the county’s preference for Christianity and its refusal to display Stewart’s proposed posters in its courthouse display violate the U.S. Constitution and deprive him of the right to freedom of speech and violates the separation of church and state.  Full Story

Rep. Scotty Campbell appointed to two committees in Nashville

Date: 2011-01-19
(NASHVILLE, January 13, 2011) - State Representative Scotty Campbell (R-Mountain City) has been appointed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) to serve as a member of the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee and the Health and Human Resources Committee.   Full Story

Longhorns lose in three overtimes to Elizabethton

Date: 2011-01-19
In a way it was a heartbreaking loss, but in another way it was a step in the right direction for the JCHS Boys Basketball Team.  Full Story

JCHS Girls fight to the end against EHS

Date: 2011-01-19
Going up against the No. 1 team in the state Saturday night, the Lady Longhorns once again showed it was not going to quit.  Full Story

Tennessee offers many interesting historic sites for our enjoyment

Date: 2011-01-19
Visiting interesting places doesn’t necessarily mean leaving our great state of Tennessee. Within its length and width lie a number of great sights and activities that would rival many attractions found in other states. Tennessee is bordered by eight states: Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri. Missouri is the only other state in the Union that is bordered by eight states.   Full Story

B&D Growers fined for pesticide violations in Shady Valley Spraying

Date: 2010-12-29
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently released the results of an investigation concerning pesticides recently applied in Shady Valley. In November, the fields in Shady Valley that are leased to grow arugula were sprayed several times with a pesticide known as metam sodium. Residents immediately noticed a strong odor that permeated throughout parts of Shady Valley, along with reports of people suffering from severe respiratory health problems.  Full Story

Pesticide alternatives & food safety

Date: 2010-12-29
The recent concerns that have arisen in Shady Valley over the use of pesticides on crops and their possible effects on people has given food for thought on possible farming alternatives and food safety. While the use of pesticides has its purpose, there are many people worldwide who are apprehensive about the possible health effects on both people and animals.  Full Story

The Wonder of Snow

Date: 2010-12-29
As I sit looking out my home office window I see a beautiful sight. Snowflakes are falling, creating a wonderland of white. About 5 or 6 inches have accumulated over about three days of intermittent snowfall. In a symbolic way, I can imagine this lovely marvel of nature compensating for the grassless and leafless landscape that exists this time of the year.   Full Story

JCHS Boys, Girls lose heartbreakers to Unaka last week

Date: 2010-12-29
Jason Steele put together one of the most spectacular performances in JCHS Basketball history, but it still wasn’t enough for a win last Tuesday night.  Full Story

2010 - A year in Review

Date: 2010-12-29
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for a review & synopsis of Johnson County's top news stories.  Full Story

Letters to Santa

Date: 2010-12-22
Pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk for local letters to Santa.  Full Story

Big John's Closeouts coming to Mountain City

Date: 2010-12-22
Johnson County will soon see the opening of a new business, one that is familiar to  Full Story

Home burglaries continue

Date: 2010-12-22
In the past year and a half, Johnson County has seen an increase in the number of  Full Story

FCA All-Star game features best from Tennessee, Virginia

Date: 2010-12-22
By Matt Hill  Full Story

Jesus Christ is indeed the reason for the season

Date: 2010-12-22
With Christmas only a few days away, I know of no better way to begin my column this week than to repeat that age-old story of the birth of Jesus Chri