Cheers for the new year!

Johnson County High School cheerleaders enjoy a fun photo opportunity during the season-starter media day held last week at the school athletic field in Mountain City. The nearly 20-member squad led by coaches Michelle Walters and Jennifer Harry are in great spirits and ready to cheer on this year’s teams as well as preparing for upcoming competitions. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Sun and fun at the Sunflower Festival

A massive crowd fills Main Street as more than one hundred vendors promote their arts and craft during the 15th Annual Sunflower Festival last Saturday in Mountain City, TN, which included the Little Miss and Mr. Sunflower Festival Pageant that set a record with 23 contestants. Event organizers want to thank the sponsors, volunteers, and the town employees for their contribution. Special thank you went out to Parkdale Mills Plant for sponsoring the Kids Zone, which was a huge hit with younger festival guests. Photo By Deklan Thomas

Red, White, and Shoe…

Mountain City resident, Mary Lou Brennan, gets a turn during a horseshoe tournament held last week at Ralph Stout Park in Mountain City, TN. As part of their Fourth of July tradition, the annual event brings local residents together to enjoy the sport,
good fellowship, fun and, of course, a healthy competition. See story page B-1. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Garden tour celebrates natures beauty

Local artists, and visitors enjoy a lovely display of beauty on and off the canvas during Art in the Garden Tours. The event was a partnership between the Johnson County Arts Council and the Johnson County Center for the Arts. Photo by Tia Thomas

Those magnificent flying machines

RC Jet named Havoc an Elite Aerosports plane flown by Mike McConville is coming into a landing after wowing spectators with nearly 10 minutes of spectacular maneuvers in the sky last week over Mountain City, TN. The air show was part of the first-ever large-scale RC Jet Aerobatics National Championship hosted by the Johnson County Airport. Organizers are promising to return to the region with an even bigger event in the near future. Photos by Tamas Mondovics

A big fish story

With her favorite fishing rod, McKinna Stanley, 3, eagerly awaits her first catch of the day during, Free Fishing Day last weekend at Ralph Stout Park. While the on and off rain posed a bit of a challenge, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the sizable crowd that turned out to support the annual outdoor fun-day sponsored by many local residents and businesses. Photo By Beth Cox

Summer fun start with a splash

Makayla Church, 7, and her sister Emma 4, of Mountain City, TN make a splash at the Johnson County Swimming Pool in Mountain City earlier this week. The girls attend school in the morning and are rewarded for their hard work with some much-deserved poolside fun the rest of the day. The Johnson County pool is managed by Earl Gambill and is enjoyed by young and old during the summer months. See more pool fun photos on page B-8. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

High fives for the seniors

Donning caps and gowns, Kristina Phillippi, front, and Kaitlin Lowe take the lead in the second annual “senior walk,” through the district’s elementary schools during the week leading up to commencement services. The 2019 JCHS 115-member graduating class enjoyed the recognition while setting an example for area students. Photos by Priscilla Davis

“Y’all come back now, y’hear? ”

The Johnson County Community Theater featuring The Community Theater Cast, along with actors from Johnson County High School presented The Beverly Hillbillies at Heritage Hall in Mountain City last week. Each performance of the stage adaptation of the popular 60’s sitcom directed by Judy Walsh enjoyed a full house. For information on how to join upcoming productions by the Johnson County Community Theater, check out their Facebook group. Also watch The Tomahawk for announcements on
upcoming auditions and productions. Photo by Tia Thomas

“Hey batter, batter, batter, batter”

Hux-Lipford Funeral Home Pirates Kayden Main, 4, dishes out a little sass to coach Erik Arnold, as she steps up to the plate at Ralph Stout Park. This year’s Little League season in Johnson County welcomed 23 teams battling it out at Ralph Stout and Cunningham Parks in Mountain City.
Please see full coverage in this edition. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

JCMS softball team honored

Pictured are the 8th grade softball players before their last home game. Front row, L-R: Eden Potter, Autumn Shepherd, Audrey Savery, Hannah Fritts and McKenzie Poe. Back row, L-R: Coach Hailey Miller, Harley Potter, Kendyl Kleine, Amy Gunter, Aubrie Baird, Autumn Lewis and Coach Mark Humphrey. Please see page B-1 for Sports the story of the week. Photo by Tameula Trivett

Call it a picture perfect weekend

Sunset on Grandfather Mountain offers a cascade of colors to delight photographers of all skill levels. The park’s annual
Nature Photography Weekend returns May 31 to June 2. Photo by Terri Campbell

Grandfather Mountain’s annual Nature Photography Weekend returns May 31 to June 2. This three-day workshop features presentations from renowned photographers, one-of-a-kind shooting opportunities and a friendly, but competitive (and optional), photo contest.
Online registration begins Monday, April 15.
2019’s featured presenters include Tamron Image Master Mike Moats, Nikon Legend Behind the Lens Tony Sweet, Tamron Pro Ambassador Lisa Langell, MindShift Gear & Think Tank Photographer Vinny Colucci and celebrated commercial photographer J. Scott Graham.
The speakers will discuss a variety of photography-related topics, encompassing both the technical and artistic elements of the craft and beyond.
Presentations take place in the afternoons and evenings, allowing participants to explore Grandfather Mountain and take their own shots during the day, while also participating in several outdoor field sessions (weather permitting) with professional photographers. Opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography will also be offered.
Participants are invited to camp for free at the Woods Walk Picnic Area during the weekend, taking advantage of one of the few opportunities to stay overnight inside the park.
Admission to Nature Photography Weekend is $115 and covers three-day park admission, a Saturday evening meal, entry to all presentations and field sessions, and a flash drive for submitting contest entries. A $95 level includes all of the above, but does not include participation in the photo contest.
Family members and guests of participants may visit the mountain at a discounted rate during the weekend if registered in advance.
Online registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Photographers should act fast, as the event fills quickly.
For more information, visit or email

Long live the Teen

Taylor Parsons, 16 of Mountain City, reacts to her being crowned as the new Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen last Saturday, at Gallatin High School. Parsons will now represent Tennessee
in July at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando.
Photo submitted by Richard Suter

Gone fishin’

Joining dozens of outdoor enthusiasts over the weekend, Ronnie Stacy, 60, of Vansant, VA casts his line over Laurel Creek just north of Laurel Bloomery in Johnson County, TN last Saturday morning. Stacy has been fishing in the area for decades with no shortage of favored spots along the creek. Fishing is just one of many natural amenities to be enjoyed in the region. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Joining dozens of outdoor enthusiasts over the weekend, Ronnie Stacy, 60, of Vansant, VA casts his line over Laurel Creek just north of Laurel Bloomery in Johnson County, TN last Saturday morning. Stacy has been fishing in the area for decades with no shortage of favored spots along the creek. Fishing is just one of many natural amenities to be enjoyed in the region. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Picture perfect

The photograph entitled “Tending the Sheep” (above) submitted by Joshua Ransom, a 6th-grade Home School student won first place at the recent Johnson County Farm Bureau Women National Agriculture Week Photo Contest. All submitted photos are on display at the Johnson County Center for the Arts located at 127 College Street in Mountain City, TN.

Horns claim Co-Championship

Anchored by program head coach Austin Atwood, and on the heels of a recent victory that led them to a co-conference championship title, members of the Johnson County High School basketball team gather for a photo during practice earlier this week in Mountain City, TN. Ready for the next level the Longhorns are well aware of the need to step up their game on their quest to the coveted state title. Photo By Tamas Mondovics

Austin Atwood honored

Honored for his success, Johnson County High School basketball coach Austin Atwood waves to a large crowd of fans, teachers, students and athletes that filled the school gymnasium to capacity last Friday night. Atwood was recognized for his 300th career-win, and honored by naming the court Coach Austin Atwood Court effective immediately. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

Imagination Library

Enjoying the benefits of the Johnson County Imagination Library, Amber Bumgardner, an employee of Johnson County Bank, is reading to her sons Sam and Seth one of this month’s free books, Big Brother, Little Brother, by Penny Dale. Photo Submitted.

March for Life

Photo: Mountain City resident Hanna Sharp, 7, holds a sign she made with the help from her mom, Ashley James last week during the annual March for Life event organized locally supporting the National March for Life march in Washington DC against abortion.

March for Life

Johnson County Commissioner Megan McEwen, left, carries a sign during the annual March for Life, last Friday in Mountain City TN. The local event organized by McEwen joined the nation, boasting of much support for the fight against abortion. Photo by Tamas Mondovics