USDA deadline extended

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily.

The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8, 2018. The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose. This will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage of key adjustments Congress made to provisions of the MPP program under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to strengthen its support of dairy producers. USDA encourages producers contemplating enrollment to use the online web resource at to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation.

The next margin under MPP, for May 2018, will be published on June 28, 2018. Therefore, all coverage elections on form CCC-782 and the $100 administrative fee, unless exempt, must be submitted to the County FSA Office no later than June 22, 2018. No registers will be utilized, so producers are encouraged to have their enrollment for 2018 completed by COB June 22, 2018.

All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018 during the re-enrollment period, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. MPP payments will be sequestered at a rate of 6.6 percent.

Mountain City Elementary celebrates Awards Day 2018

Mountain City Elementary students celebrate their achievements from the 2017-2018 school year. Photo courtesy of Gay Triplett.

It was another great year at Mountain City Elementary! Students experienced success throughout the 2017-2018 school year and end-of-the-year award programs highlighted only a few of the accomplishments.

Perfect Attendance: Camden Johnson, Dylan Reece, Nate Sutherland, Harris Perkins, Alyssa McElyea, Vanessa Perkins and Sidney Bumgardner.

Present Attendance: Emma Brown, Kylee Cannon, Jill Jenson, Hayden Parker and Ashlin White.

All A’s for the Year: Mckenzie Jennings, Elizabeth Mann, Aliyah Farrow, Braylin Hansen, Molly Lipford, Allie Mullins, Barrett Parker, Sara Beth Pennington, Hannah Sharp, Gracey South , Camden Johnson, Tanner Leonard, Savannah Mains, Andrew South, Addie Ward, Clara Wilson, Nicole Eppard, Sebastian Johnson , Macie Farrow, Peyton Edes-King, Lauren Henley, Alicia Littlewhirlwind, Kearstan Jennings, Sawyer Marshall, Jayleigh Kope, Isaiah Eller, Haidyn Farrow, Liyah Hillman, Gavin Mahala, Jillian Perkins, Bobby Sexton, Carter Atwood, Graham Long, Kyle Maple, Elle Icenhour, Josie Grindstaff, Carson Jennings, Isaac Lewis, Harris Perkins, Ethan Smith, Ariana Spencer, Cameron Crowder, Gaston Dugger, Elijah Fritts, George Grill, Vanessa Perkins, Kindal Watson, Brady Fritts, Lauryn Bishop, Hannah Fletcher, Kevin Horner and Stephanie Knight.

All A’s & B’s/All B’s for the Year: Lilly Berger, Addison Joyce, Coleman Rider, Konner Self, Karoline Thompson, Hattie Vines, Ellie Beth Icenhour, Kylee Cannon, Aaliyah Barnett, Mason Greg, Skyler Robbins, Ethan Wilson, Avery Blevins, Michelle Chambers, Marin Feely, Kelsey Forrester, McKynlee Smith, Jayden Anderson, Scotty Orndorff, Evan Stamper, Amillia Eckert, Bella Eckert, Hailey Lipford, Lily Bauguess, Reece Bulliner, Katey Marshall, Jacy Cook, MaKenzie Dickens, Gage Grissom, Jillian Hatley, Aiden Hope, Sophia Lin, Maddison Price, Carson Dorman, Madelynn Long, Hunter McElyea, Connor Wallace, Zack Lipford, Emilynn Sedgwick, Alex Wright, Rylee Henson, Gustavo Martinez, Trinity Poe, Karleigh Sutherland, Summer Wells, Braxton Bragg, Emma Brown, Eli Horne, Jill Jenson, Kacelyn Dunn, Jada Furches, Alexis Juarez, Aleela Reece, Addy Snyder, Gavan Condor, Emma Dugger, Hailey Lewis, Erik Mendoza, Nate Sutherland, Izzy Thompson, Kaden Blevins, Julia Crews, Lyric Fritts, Gracie Hammett, Krystal Kite, Katie Timbs, Clayton Lewis, Lexi Mullins, Emily Orr, Hunter Paisley, Miley Reynolds, Paola Vargas, Dylan Warren, Jasmine Cunningham, Madisyn Farrow, Trinity Fortener, Ivy Lakatos, Carter Rhudy, Tara Schoolcraft, Cole Smith, Ariel Tester, Derek Baird, Noah Brown, Destiny Johnson, James Kelly, Alen Lin, LaRue Mills, Kaylee Roark, Jace Stout, Matthew Swift, Kylah Henley, Tory Torbett, Allison Trivette, Shawna Arnold, Zyra Baker, Tanner Bulliner, Cassie Capps, Braden Cornett, Ethan Reece, Connor Stout, Chase Thomas, Braden Eastridge, Emily Eppard, Kyle Isaacs, Mattie Jones, Leland Morley, Natalie Oliver, Caden Pennington, Samantha Reece, Adrian Arguello, Sidney Bumgardner, Sierra Green and Evan Moorfield.

IXL: Kayla Bumgardner, Avery Blevins, Liyah Hillman, Jill Jensen, Kaden Blevins, Cameron Crowder, Chase Thomas and Cassie Capps.

Citizenship: Paislee Evans, Madden Reynolds, Zane Spicer, Addison Joyce, Nyiah Reece, Kayla Bumgardner, Clara Wilson, Sebastian Johnson, River Burgess, Kearstan Jennings, Jillian Hatley, Liyah Hillman, Bobby Sexton, Jayln Blevins, Ella Icenhour, Maelie Luckett, Erik Mendoza, Carson Jennings, Kimerly Bonilla, Madisyn Farrow, Matthew Swift, Sadie Hood, Vanessa Perkins, Evan Dollar and Sierra Green.

Six sixth grade students had a 4.0 GPA for kindergarten-sixth grade. Students recognized for this accomplishment were Gaston Dugger, George Grill, Vanessa Perkins, Brady Fritts, Lauryn Bishop and Stephanie Knight. Thank you to the staff, students, families, and community for the role each played in making 2017-2018 another successful year! Pictured is the 2018 sixth grade class.

Correction: Sebastian Johnson (All A’s) and Miley Reynolds (All B’s) were omitted from the publication of the 3rd nine weeks honor roll.

Our readers’ view: KFC and Taco Bell

New Taco Bell and KFC to be built in Mountain City lights up local Facebook users

As expected, the pair of recent articles about the construction of two new restaurants, Taco Bell and KFC, now underway in Mountain City, prompted Facebook users to post a wide range of comments on the topic. The good, the bad, and of course, the ugly were all represented in the various posts including the ones from those that may have very little to do with supporting or assisting the community. Some of the latter, while the most entertaining were especially slighting, perhaps in hopes of bringing some attention to what local officials and community representatives do not.

Here are some of our Facebook users’ thoughts and comments about the two new eateries soon to open in town.

Fulenwider Enterprises: We are so excited to be joining the Mountain City Community! If you are interested in applying for a position with either KFC or Taco Bell, please visit our website to fill out an application or stop by the construction site for an open interview! We host open interview days every Wednesday and Saturday! Thanks to the Community for making us feel so welcome—we are so excited to open!

Jean DeLong: That’s what you all need there, some more junk food places. Guess it will never change there as long as everybody is happy with cheap junk food!….For my taste the best restaurant in town is Suba’s and is always good. I’ve never been disappointed in their food, which is more than I can say for a lot of the restaurants in Mountain City…

Ted Barnhart: Mountain city needs booze to make it grow, no booze, no fun, no growth. Who wants to open a good restaurant when you cant get a nice glass of wine or a beer with your meal. Mountain City is destined to be a junk food meca in a dry county.

Kimberly Frake: Need a Dunkin Donuts.

Kathleen Maurice: Obviously the Taco Bell will not be of the new cantina style since the town leaders would go into cardiac arrest if beer or wine was sold within city limits.

Beverly Gorski: Not crazy about taco Bell, would like more southern food restaurants.

Ben Jones: How will the new KFC business be against Sherry & J.p.’s Chicken House? Mountain City is not really large enough for TWO chicken houses.

Patty Wright: Wow Mountain City finally coming up in the world.

Mary L. Shull: Need Captain D’s instead of Heart Burn Bell.

Johnson County School projects continue during summer break

“All of the projects will be completed by August 1” Director of Schools, Dr. Mischelle Simcox

By Jill Penley
Freelance Writer

With work on schedule and the deadline looming, the end is now in sight for school construction and renovation projects going on in Johnson County.“We have several projects going on this summer,” said Dr. Mischelle Simcox, Director of Schools, “and all of the projects will be completed by August 1.”

In addition to painting, waxing floors and general cleaning to spruce up each of the county’s five elementary schools, the middle school, the high school and the Career and Technical Education building, there are maintenance crews continuing to mow and landscape at each location.

One of the more extensive projects is nearing completion at the Johnson County Middle School. “We are enclosing our computer labs at the middle school,” said Simcox, “to make them more private when testing is occurring. ”

According to Simcox, Laurel Elementary is in the process of getting a brand-new roof and a foyer is being constructed at Doe Elementary as an additional layer of security. Many school safety administrators are looking to enhance how people, goods and services enter their facilities and adding a foyer, which creates a secure entrance, can prevent unauthorized entry. Without properly screening visitors, schools are at risk of allowing people into their buildings who pose a threat to staff and students.

Announcing farm to table harvest dinner

Attend the Johnson County Farmers Market’s (JCFM) Second Annual Harvest Celebration Dinner – Taste of Appalachia on August 18th. Photo submitted by Jana Jones.

By Jana Jones

Mark your calendars for August 18th to attend the Johnson County Farmers Market’s (JCFM) Second Annual Harvest Celebration Dinner – Taste of Appalachia. The menu is set from locally sourced ingredients, live music planned, the venue is reserved, and invitations have been sent to City, County, State and US officials. Senator Jon Lundberg and his wife Lisa have confirmed they will be able to attend! Since we sold out last year, we have been able to secure a venue that will allow for more seating at the new Christian Life Center on Main Street in Mountain City. Early bird tickets are offered at a discount prior to July 31 and are now available at the Welcome Center in Mountain City, at the JCFM Manager’s Tent on Saturday mornings, or from any of our market vendors or board members. Seating is limited and we expect to sell out, so reserve your table early to ensure a spot.
Farm to table dinners have grown in popularity across the country as the “Eat Local” movement has gained momentum. The Jonesborough annual outdoor gala fundraiser seats 216 and sells out within the first few weeks of offering tickets at $100 each. The Marion Virginia Farmers Market farm to table event is also a large draw for the area with tickets going for $50 a piece. Supporting the local farmers and crafters is important to these areas. The proceeds raised from our fundraiser dinner allows the JCFM to continue being involved in the community offering education, economic development, and providing the freshest local produce and handmade items for our corner of Tennessee. Ingredients for our meal are purchased from each vendor and prepared by Chef Craig Cox and his Culinary Arts Class. This family style meal will feature a choice of pork tenderloin provided by Old Beech Mountain Farms or fresh herbed chicken provided by Leander Mountain Farms. A vegetarian option of stuffed squash will also be offered. Harbin Hill Farms, Sweet Spring Farms, Grieber Family Farm, and A Bushel and a Peck will also be providing other produce for the Appalachian Fare meal including dessert choices of apple stack cake or fresh berry crisp. All of this is offered for only $35 a ticket. However, early bird tickets are offered for $30 each or $50 per couple. Tables of 8 can be reserved at any of the locations where tickets are offered.
One of the favorite activities of our 2017 Harvest Celebration Dinner was a silent auction. Beautiful hand carved bowls, stained glass, a basket of homemade jams, gift certificates, and fine art prints were a few of the items that were eagerly sought after. This year’s silent auction of local craft items and area business offerings will be available from 5:00 until 6 pm when the dinner will begin. Donations of silent auction items are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Mountain City Welcome Center.
If you haven’t visited the Johnson County Farmers Market this year, we are now located at Ralph Stout Park in the parking area near the children’s playground. Come enjoy the live music, farm fresh produce, eggs, meat, dairy, and local handmade baked goods and craft items each Saturday morning from 9 until noon. Check out our new “Breakfast at the Market” tent and come by the manager’s table to find your “Fresh is Best” t-shirt and other items and information. We offer the Fre$h Savings Program with doubles the dollars for EBT customers. Bring the kids by our GoJoCo Kids tent to make healthy snacks and participate in fun activities. We invite you to like us on Facebook to see all of the current news or visit our webpage at to learn more.

Imagine that

Shelia Cruse, left, of the Imagination Library Board presents, Daryel Robinson, Manager of Food Country with a book for the participation in the Home Town Label program. Food Country is proudly supporting 717 Johnson County Pre-K children who receive free books through the program. Children eligible to receive these books can go by the local library and get signed up. Photo submitted.

Shining a light on art

Madi Burgess and Aden Thomas show off their cyanotype prints they made Friday at the Johnson County Center for the Arts as part of the STEAM Chasers summer camp and workshop series. Photographer J Jackson showed participants how to use the sun to develop cyanotype prints. Upcoming camps include robotics, filmmaking, drama, and art. Visit or stop by the Arts Center to get involved! Sponsored in part by Tennessee Arts Commission. Photo Courtesy of The Johnson County Center for the Arts.


Summer season sets drowning prevention awareness center stage

By Tamas Mondovics

The beginning of the summer season and the warmer weather brings large numbers of people to the water; backyard pools, beaches, waterfronts and public aquatic facilities. Such swimming holes available for young and old to beat the heat, have fun, exercise and learn includes the local public pool, 206 College Street in downtown Mountain City TN. The facility is now offering swimming and water aerobics lessons and is operates daily under the watchful eyes of eight certified lifeguards.

To ensure that summer fun does not end in tragedy, officials across the country have focused on safety ahead of the season by designating last month as National Drowning Awareness month. Sadly annual drowning awareness events also signal an increase in drowning tragedies across the nation. As reported by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), drowning continues as the leading cause of unintentional death for children between ages 1-4.The agency reported that 10 drowning deaths per day occur in the USA with children ages 1 to 4 having the highest drowning rates. Most of the drowning occur in home swimming pools.

Of course, statistics are just that; numbers. They only alert and remind of the realities of life. Change comes not from numbers, but action or implementation of real solutions and prevention. One such tip for water safety is to “ALWAYS be aware of potential dangers in all environments, such as when visiting other homes, while on vacation, or at public/community pools. Survey the area for secure fencing, locked gates, covered pools and spas, and protected backyard ponds. Never leave your child in an environment with unprotected water hazards.”

Additional hands-on practical ways to ensure safety in the water include some fundamental forms of protection such as those listed in the call-out box:

Drowning prevention Safety Tips

1. Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean. There is no substitute for adult supervision.
2. Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.
3. The home should be isolated from the pool with a fence at least 60” tall, with
a self-closing, self-latching gate. The gate should open away from the pool, and should never be propped open.
4. Doors and windows should be alarmed to alert adults when opened. Doors should be self-closing and self-latching.
5. Power-operated pool safety covers are the most convenient and efficient. Solar/floating pool covers are not safety devices.
6. Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
7. Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
8. Keep a life-saving ring, shepherd’s hook and CPR instructions mounted at poolside.
9. Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision.
10. Never leave water in buckets or wading pools.
11. If a child is missing, always check the pool first. Seconds count.
12. Remove toys from in and around the pool when not in use.
13. Don’t use floating chlorine dispensers that look like toys.
14. Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards, and emphasize the need for constant supervision.
15. Responsibilities of pool ownership include ensuring children in the home learn to swim, and that adults know CPR.
16. Do not consider children “drown proof” because they’ve had swimming lessons.
For more information on National, Drowning Prevention Awareness Month visit the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s (NDPA) at

Decision 2018-Constable

Johnson County Constable Candidates

District 1

*Photo not submitted: James E. Brown.

District 2

*Photo not submitted: Ben Price

District 3

*Photos not submitted: Ray Lunceford & David Price


While the constables position is one of the most misunderstood elected offices in Tennessee, it is historically the oldest law enforcement position in the United States.A Tennessee Constable is an elected position with full power of arrest and is a state peace officer. While their powers as peace officers are valid statewide, their activities are generally conducted in the county where they are elected.

Constables operate as individual officers at no cost to the citizens or governments of the county. Constables provide their own uniforms, vehicles, fuel and equipment and stand ready to aid or assist all citizens and/or agencies within the county. Their mission is to provide additional law enforcement presence in the county and to assist and supplement the county Sheriffs Office and the Police Departments.

Services the Tennessee Constable Association offer include: Evictions, Home Security
Checks, Delivery of Legal Documents, Subpoenas, Federal/Civil Process, Proposed Parenting Plan, Security Escorts, Formal & Uniform Security, Summons, Business Security Checks, Traffic, Garnishments.
For a list of qualifications for each specific office, please visit /

Decision 2018- School Board

School Board Member Candidates

District 1

*Photos not submitted:Howard L. Carlton

District 3

*Photos not submitted: Gary Matheson

Job Description

Tennessee school board members are elected by the community to make and to oversee critical decisions about the school district. Though the State Department of Education is the primarily responsible agent for overseeing education in Tennessee, the local school board is charged with overseeing the governance of education in Johnson County.

Perhaps most importantly, the school board is charged with employing a director of schools under a written contract of up to four years duration, which may be renewed. This director may be referred to as “superintendent” and replaces the former superintendent of schools. The school board is the sole authority in appointing a director of schools.

Upon the recommendation of the director of schools, the board elects teachers who have attained or who are eligible for tenure and are the primary group that determines how the district functions as the board consider and adopts school policies that are followed throughout each of the schools. The policies they approve follow federal and state laws, so all decisions made within the district comply with those laws.
Other various duties include: purchase of all supplies, furniture, fixtures, and materials for schools, dismissal of teachers, principals, supervisors and other employees upon sufficient proof of improper conduct, inefficient service or neglect of duty, and to develop and implement an evaluation plan for all certified employees in accordance with the guidelines and criteria of the state board of education, and submit such plan to the commissioner of education for approval.

The school board is also responsible for requiring the director of schools and the chair to prepare a budget on forms furnished by the commissioner of education and, when the local board has approved the budget, and to submit it to the county board of commissioners.

Decision 2018- Road Superintendent

Road Superintendent Candidates

Job Description

This position is responsible for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges throughout Johnson County.

Decision 2018- Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds Candidates

Job Description

While some county offices have ambiguous official names attached, the Johnson County Register is not one of them, as the Register generally does just that – register. In past years, this office was officially dubbed “Register of Deeds,” however, due to the increase in documents that are continually being registered in addition to the large volume of property deeds, the state legislature now refers to this office as the County Register.

The most important function of this office is obviously the filing or recording of various documents that ultimately affect the legal status of real and personal property including not only deeds, but deeds of trust or mortgages, financing statements or Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) fixture filings, survey plats, assignments, court decrees including judgments, leases, liens, releases and various other documents. County-specific documents, such as the bonds of the county officials and required reports, are also registered in this office.

Decision 2018-County Clerk

County Clerk Candidates

Job Desciption

The county clerk has numerous duties, including acting as clerk of the county legislative body, issuing motor vehicle titles and registrations, collecting privilege taxes, and overseeing the issuance of beer permits, marriage licenses, and pawnbroker licenses. In addition to these statutory duties, the county clerk of Johnson County contracts with the state to issue driver licenses since the county lacks a local department of safety office. Under the same premise, the county clerk’s office is authorized to sell Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses.

The County Clerk also issues business licenses, and since the County Legislative Body elects notaries public, the county clerk keeps a record of the notaries public in the county and has duties involving coordination between the secretary of state and the notary applicant.
Also, the Clerk keeps various and numerous public records generated by other offices within the county on file

Decision 2018- Trustee

Trustee Candidates

Job Description

The county trustee is entrusted with collecting the county’s property taxes, accounting for and disbursing county funds, and investing temporarily idle county funds. The Trustee is also charged with administering the tax relief program offered by the State of Tennessee for elderly and disabled residents, and disabled

Decision 2018- County Commissioner

Johnson County Commissioner Candidates

District 1

*Photos not submitted: Timothy Paul Dugger & Robert L. Swift


District 2

District 3

*Photos not submitted: Jerry Grindstaff, Gregory R. Reece & Billy D. Roark.

District 4

*Photos not submitted: Leon Odom & Rick Snyder.

District 5

*Photos not submitted: Jimmy Lowe & Steve Marshall.

District 6

*Photos not submitted: David McQueen


District 7


Job Description

The typical form of county government in the state of Tennessee involves a popularly elected legislative body, called the board of county commissioners. The Board functions as a primary policy-making body under the powers granted by the General Assembly in public or private acts, including the power to levy property taxes and expend funds for the benefit of all Johnson County residents.
According to State Comptroller’s Office, Johnson County is divided into the following seven commission districts: District 1, which encompasses the Laurel Bloomery and Cold Springs Communities will elect three commissioners to represent this area. District 2, which covers the areas of Forge Creek and Shouns, elects one representative to the county board of commissioners. The communities of Neva and Trade, which made up District 3, will elect three commissioners while District 4, which includes all of Butler and Dry Run, will elect two county commissioners.
Three county commissioners will be elected to represent the Doe Valley community. Voters in Shady Valley and the Sutherland Community, which make up District 6, will elect one county commissioner while District 7, or voters in the city of Mountain City, will elect two for a total of 15 commissioners on the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.
According to the University of Tennessee’s County Technical Service, “any county resident who is at least 18 years old, and who is not otherwise disqualified from holding public office by reason of certain criminal convictions or other legal qualifications, may seek the office of county commissioner for the district in which the commissioner resides.”
State law does, however, dictate the number of county commissioners, calling for at least nine and no more than 25 members elected from all county districts, with no more than three members serving in each particular district.
Members, which are elected by the voters in their district to four-year terms, receive compensation for their service and meeting attendance. Although the county legislative body determines compensation, the General Assembly establishes guidelines for minimum wages, which amount varies from $20 – $35 for each meeting attended depending upon the county population.

Decision 2018- County Mayor

Johnson County Mayoral Candidates

Job Description

Previously known as “county executive,” the county mayor is the accounting officer and chief financial officer of the county. The minimum salary for County Mayor, which determined by population class, is set by the General Assembly.

According to the University of Tennessee’s County Technical Service, the county mayor should have a better picture of the total government operation than any other county official, and should also have “the knowledge, information, and leadership ability to steer the county in the direction most beneficial to the county’s future.”

JCHS class of 1953 holds reunion

Front row: Charlotte Snyder Dugger, Kenneth Fritts, Mary Eller Bronson, Kenneth Blevins, Jackie Dugger Taylor,Katherine Lockner. Back row: Nancy Phillippi Hulcher, Betty Lundy Tshudy, Martha Mabry Davis, Gene Hackney,Bill Brockshire, Carol Hutchinson Curd, Mildred Vaught Lowe, Yvonne Snyder McEwen, Barbara Bowers Stewart, Joe Timbs. Not pictured is Bruce Triplett. Photo by Randy Hulcher

By Tamas Mondovics

While there is no shortage of Johnson County High School Class reunions in Mountain City, the Class of 1953 holds the record for having more than any other class. The class reunion has been held every 5 years from its 25th to their 50th anniversary. For the past 15 years since the 50th, anniversary the class have enjoyed a reunion annually, celebrating the 65th this year.

The event was held at Farmers BBQ and Grill on Friday, May 25, 2018. It is noteworthy that 17 classmates and 9 guests enjoyed some heartwarming time together.According to event organizers, Martha Mabry Davis has once again traveled from the coast of North Carolina, while Betty Lundy Tshudy came from Lancaster, PA.

There was a lot of visitation and Barbara Bowers Stewart brought one of her many scrapbooks for us to enjoy,” said Nancy Hulcher. “Katherine Lockner brought her book that contains all the obits from
passing classmates including photos of their grave markers.”

Class members are now making plans and looking forward to to meet again in 2019.

Lyme Tick Prevention Class held at the Farmers Market


Tick repellents

By Jana Jones
Farmers Market Manager

Cases of reported tick borne diseases are on the rise according to the CDC. With the beautiful outdoors calling this season, learning how to be protected from harmful ticks while hiking, biking, or just playing in the yard should be on the top of the list.

The Johnson County Farmers Market’s second class in its “How To” series will be held on Saturday, June 2 at RalphStout Park, in Mountain City. According to local experts, there is no need to spray harmful and toxic chemicals on yourself and your family. Instead the class will teach attendees how to make natural tick repellents with therapeutic essential oils that is clinically proven to repel insects.

Of course, prevention is the best policy. To that end, the Lyme Tick Prevention Class will start at 11:30 am at the breakfast tent located next to the Market Manager’s tent. Attendees will also learn other tick avoidance tricks. The JCFM is dedicated to promoting health and wellness in the community. One of the ways to accomplish this is through education.

The “How To” series is scheduled the first Saturday of each month through October. At the GoJoCo Kids Club tent children may learn about healthy snacks and fun ways to incorporate exercise into their day. The Market also offer healthy recipes throughout the season at the manager’s tent, while the Farm Fresh tent coming in June giving visitors sample farm fresh recipes.

In connection with the all that the Market is offering this season a good recipe is always welcome.So, with Asparagus now showing up in many people’s gardens this time of year and offered at the Farmers Market, a Cream of Fresh Asparagus Soup recipe sounds about right. The Johnson County Farmers Market is located in Ralph Stout Park near the playground parking area. Open every Saturday from 9 to noon from May through October.

Follow on Facebook to keep abreast of new items offered each week. Visit online at The Market welcomes all to come enjoy live music, kids’ activities, sample recipes and all of the great items offered by our terrific farmers and vendors at every market.

Cream of Fresh Asparagus Soup recipe
In a large saucepan, combine 1 lb fresh asparagus, cut into 2” sections, ½ cup chopped onion, 1 clove garlic, 1 potato cut into small cubes and 1 cup chicken broth or vegetable broth. Cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer uncovered until asparagus and potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Process the mixture in a blender or food processor to puree the vegetables. Transfer mixture back into saucepan and add an additional cup of broth and 1 cup half and half. Stir while heating the soup to serving temperature, but don’t allow it to boil. Serve immediately. This recipe serves 4. Optional additions: Lemon juice or sour cream added at the end. For less calories use low fat milk instead of half and half. This is a gluten free recipe.

2018 Honor Roll for Shady Valley Elementary

A Honor Roll

Ellie Averill
Silas Averill
Katie Kriley
Cooper Murray
Bud Robinson
Corbin Sams
Jason Simcox
Hunter Stanley
Landell Walker
Mignet Walker

A-B Honor Roll

Sam Cretsinger
Taylor Ellison
Alley Ford
Morgan Hodge
Jaylen Main
Ian Miller
River Sams
Kyle Sluder
Luke Worlock
Sarah Worlock

Johnson County Retired Teachers Association donates to Doe Elementary

Retired teachers Doe

Treasurer Vida Bunting (left) and President Joann Stollenmaier (right) present a donation to Doe Elementary representative Laura Baird(center). Photo provided by Joann Stollenmaier.

By Meg Dickens
Staff Writer

Doe Elementary School received a recent blessing. The Johnson County Retired Teachers Association makes a $100 donation to a local school annually and this year was Doe’s turn. Doe Elementary Kindergarten teacher Laura Baird stood in as the speaker at the recent meeting for Principal Teresa Stansberry. Baird informed the group about programs and updates in the school. Johnson County Retired Teachers Association President Joann Stollenmaier called the presentation “very interesting” and stated that she “really enjoyed it.”

Doe put the money to good use. The staff invested the money in the children. “We used the $100.00 to reward students for their hard work in preparation for test review.  We provided our students with multiple activities during the last week of school,” Stansberry told The Tomahawk.  “These activities were geared toward “fun” and relaxation to celebrate a successful year.”

The Johnson County Teachers Association is a place for former teachers living in the Johnson County area to meet, learn, and help the community. Each meeting has a speaker who presents knowledge that retired folks might need to know. The group currently has active programs on the state level but still takes the time to enjoy local school programs.