Red Cross, Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor urge blood donation in honor of World Blood Donor Day

The American Red Cross is partnering with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor to urge eligible blood and platelet donors to give this June in honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

“I am proud to team up with the NexcareGive Program each year, with the mission of sparking a critical dialogue around the vital need for blood donation,” said supermodel and Nexcare Give spokesperson, Niki Taylor. “For me, the cause is also a personal one. Following a car accident 15 years ago that left me in critical condition, the efforts of the American Red Cross and their brave donors saved my life. In honor of World Blood Donor Day, I am sharing my story and encouraging people around the world to support blood donation, inspiring their friends and families to join the cause.”

This is the eighth year that the Red Cross and Nexcare Bandages have partnered for the Nexcare Give program. To honor those who “give” around the world, Nexcare Bandages has developed a limited-edition collection of bandages with the theme “Feel the Beat, Give Blood,” featuring five vibrant dance-inspired designs reflecting different styles and cultures from around the globe. The limited-edition bandages will be available to those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a lifesaving blood transfusion. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, June 10 to 30:

American Red Cross Johnson City Blood Donation Center, 818 Sunset Drive, #100
Tuesday, 2:30 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; third Saturday of the month, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Mountain City 6/21/2016: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Northeast Correctional Complex, Highway 67 East


Johnson City 6/15/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., QEP, 2225 Eddie Williams Road

How to donate blood

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Zoning in on landscaping your place

Yards to Paradise by Max Phelps

Many folks begin landscaping by shopping. Others by hiring someone. Some can afford to spend ten percent of the value of the home, while others can just make the payments with little budget for the landscape. I’ve always liked the old concept of “killing two birds with one stone”, and would suggest it in landscaping. I’d like to explain ways of doing that, and also making a plan, and picking a ‘zone’ for getting started with landscaping your place.

Let’s begin with a plan. Decide on what you’d like, make a ‘wish list’ to help. It may be a 5 year plan or a 25 year plan—just put things you would eventually like to have or see in your landscape down on paper. For most of us, we can only complete a portion now. Perhaps we can break the master plan into what’s most important, or into sections I’ll call ‘zones’ and pick one or two and get started.

A list is good. A simple drawing is better. On a drawing (and it can be a simple little drawing on a piece of graph paper or copy paper) try to sketch in the house, the driveway, walks, etc. Also big trees, patios, outbuildings, and so on. How about a garden spot? Or, maybe you would like the practice of permaculture—a permanent planting that needs little care and produces food or other products besides just serving as landscaping or woods.

Multi-purpose or multi-use landscaping elements could include some of the following. Let’s say you need a tree for shade. Could it also have pretty blossoms or maybe bear fruit you could eat (or at least that would be a treat for the birds)? If a hedge along a property line is desired, could it be planted with edible plants or fruit-bearing plants? Or, possibly, for security, could it be composed of closely planted thorny plants?

Rather than a traditional foundational planting, could you use berry bushes instead of boxwoods and taxus? Certainly you can. And it might surprise many to know that there are edible landscaping plants that will look as good as more traditional landscape shrubs.

Frequently when a new owner begins with a new home, he wants to begin making it look pleasing and lived-in, but the landscaper he calls comes up with a fanciful plan that is not do-able with the financial limits the new homeowner must live with.

To the extent possible, the size of plants can be shrunk, and perhaps a cheaper mulch can be used than one might prefer. However, often the problem is much worse. If you need retaining walls, shade trees, a patio, a work shed, a fence or hedge, a paved drive, storm cellar, garden beds—simply trying to use cheaper materials may not be the solution. Even doing it yourself rather than paying someone else may not be the solution.

Picking a zone to begin this year, many a large and lovely landscape can be put in place within just a few years. Whether starting with drive and patio, with shade trees or with foundation plants, with a fence or a hedge, with perfect lawn including sprinklers, with a terrace or a playset for the kids, a well-thought-out decision on where to zone in and begin can get you on the road to the paradise you dream your place can be.

The author, Max Phelps, is a landscaper. Email: or visit

Miller, Bellamy, Jones, Bauguess and Cress honored at Johnson County Chamber annual awards dinner

Friday night at Red Tail Golf Course was spent celebrating the accomplishments and good work done by local leaders and citizens in Johnson County. The Johnson County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet was filled with food, friends, and fellowship. This night is special because it honors the men and women in the community who strive to be positive influences in their personal and professional lives.
The evening began with a welcome and introductions of special guests, which included Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, U.S. House Rep. Dr. Phil Roe, State Representatives Timothy Hill, Jon Lunberg, and former State Representative Tony Shipley. Lunberg and Shipley are currently running for state senate.
Once introductions were made, prayer was led by Pastor Ron Drake and the meal began. Dinner was prepared by Red Tail’s culinary team, which is led by head chef, Craig Cox. Those in attendance were able to feast on a prime rib, chicken breast, roasted rainbow carrots and tri-colored potatoes, brocolini, salad, and dessert.
After dinner, Celeste Dunn honored those who had completed the year-long Leadership Program. These students and adults are sponsored by local businesses and organizations in order to prepare and motivate “community-minded leaders through education and training.” This year, nine people were able to participate in the program. Members of Leadership were able to experience many exciting opportunities in the past year.
“I enjoyed going to Nashville, it was pretty eye opening,” said Justin Hamilton. Elizabeth Stout enjoyed the time they spent at the Mountain City Care and Rehab Center. “I really enjoyed seeing the century room and appreciate the thoughtfulness of the staff to create that room to help residents.”
Bud Crosswhite, Chris Reece, Isabella Dunn, Chance McQueen, Jaime Jennings, Justin Hamilton, Dylan Nichols, Elizabeth Stout, and Sally Tugman all received certificates for their work in the program.
Next honored was Minnie Miller, who received the Mack Wright Citizenship of the Year Award. Miller has dedicated her life to education. Miller spent many years as a classroom teacher and then moved up through the administrative ladder. After her years of teaching she became the first woman in Johnson County to hold the position of Director of Curriculum, Assistant Superintendent, and Director of Schools. During Miller’s time in the Johnson County School System, she assisted the school board to improve school buildings without a tax increase, helped to start the GED program in the jail, and helped to increase test scores. Even though Miller retired in 2006, she remains active as a member on several boards in the community, is a member of The Positive Thinkers and the Eastern Star, and continues to teach in her Sunday school class at First Baptist.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of  this week’s Tomahawk.

‘Guacamole Queens’ promises more laughs next weekend at Heritage Hall

IMG_5954By Paula Walter

The Johnson County Community Theatre debuted its production of Last Roundup of the Guacamole Queens this past Friday evening at Heritage Hall.  The play, written by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, is set in Sweetgum, Texas.
The curtain opens and the audience gets a peek inside the Wide Bride Boutique run by the Verdeen cousins, Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette.  Business has been slow lately as the brides haven’t been quite so large and wide as in the past. Judy Walsh, Trish Burchette and Jackie Mann play the cousins. Peaches supplements her income by working as the local mortuary cosmetologist and consequently has trouble finding men to date since she had her husband falsely declared dead.
The boutique isn’t doing well financially and the women are desperately trying to build up a new business, all the while planning the last and best ever reunion at Sweetgum High School.  Not only are they running out of time to plan the event, but it must be done before their old high school building is demolished.  To add to their stress, the cousins discover the governor of Texas will be at the gathering.  They desperately want to prove their new party-planning endeavor will be top notch and want everything to go without a hitch.
Despite continued personal crises and family problems, the cousins do not lose faith that they can make the reunion a huge success.  Uncle Aubrey, played by Michael Eggers, who appears to have been pushing 90, is dating two elderly sisters at the same time. Kathy Henderson and Karla Prudhomme play Ennis Crowder Puckett and Della Crowder. Aunt LaMerle, played by Janet Griffith, is adamant that she will be the last Guacamole Queen of Sweetgum High School and will do anything in her power to grab that coveted title. Dewy Davenport, played Derek Dickson, carries a malicious hand puppet that has an axe to grind with previous classmates.  Jimmie Wyvette ties up Sheriff Grover Lout, played by John Mann, with police tape before the high school gym is blown up.   Lout, in an effort to catch Jimmie Wyvette, hops across the stage in fine form, secured firmly by all the tape.  Stunned by the explosion that occurs at the high school gym, all Jimmie Wyvette can say over and over is “Kaboom.”  There is also a dead body to deal with.  Raynerd Chisum, played by Dr. Don Tarr, tries to warn everyone that “something bad is going to happen out in the street.”This play is not to be missed. There will be two more productions on June 10 and June 11th at 7:00 pm. There is no Sunday show. Call 727-7444 for tickets and information.

Nancy Lucas writes book on the life of Mr. Shady Valley, Darrell Brinkley

Darrell Brinkley book 6-8-2016By Paula Walter

Nancy Lucas, a newcomer to Shady Valley, has written a book on the life of Darrell Brinkley, whose family has lived in our mountains for six generations. The Life and Times of Darrell Brinkley is full of Brinkley’s memories, photographs, stories, history and life adventures in this part of the Appalachian Mountains we call home.  As he began to talk and share stories of his life with Lucas, she began to write his memories.
Brinkley, often referred to as Mr. Shady Valley, has lived in the valley all of his life.  He has farmed tobacco, hay, corn and cattle.  He also owned and operated D.D. Brinkley Company from 1963 to 2010. His father, William Wesley Brinkley, was born in 1872 and worked as a blacksmith, gristmill operator and farmer, but spent much of his life logging and saw milling.  His mother, Metta Genelia Bumgarner Brinkley, took care of the home front and enjoyed both farming and gardening.  She was born in 1886 near Rich Mountain, North Carolina. Brinkley believes his parents may have met when his father was delivering mail.
Brinkley not only shares stories of his life, but he vividly recalls memories that have been passed on through the generations.  His grandmother, Mattie Bumgarner, also lived on Rich Mountain.  Her family grew tobacco.  He tells the story of how a 14 year-old Mattie was in charge of keeping the farm horses quiet and moving them if necessary when soldiers, from both the North and the South during the Civil War, came to the family farm.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.
A book signing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Johnson County Public Library.

Shady Veteran’s Memorial pavers for sale

Shady Veteran’s Memorial pavers for sale

The Shady Valley Ruritan Club wishes to honor veterans associated with Shady Valley. The Ruritan Veteran’s Memorial will be enhanced with the addition of personalized memorial brick pavers of U.S. armed forces veterans. You can help through contributions of the names, branch of the armed services, or any remembrances of veterans that have a connection to Shady Valley. The Shady Valley Ruritan Club will install the pavers and continue to maintain the Veteran’s Memorial, located near the Shady Valley Elementary School. The cost is $25 per brick paver. For more information, contact Ted Jackson, Shady Valley Ruritan Club Secretary, at .

Lindberg to speak at Republican Women’s meeting

Lindberg to speak at Republican Women’s meeting

Republican Women to meet Thurs. June 16th at 12:30 at the Tributary Restaurant on Main Street . Our guest speaker is Jon Lundberg :Candidate for Ron Ramseys open senate seat.. The public is invited and Mr. Lundberg will answer as many questions as time permits. Bring a friend.

There will be a benefit spaghetti dinner for Frances Guy

Benefit spaghetti dinner for Frances Guy

There will be a spaghetti dinner to raise money for Frances Guy, a kidney transplant patient, on Saturday, June 11th from 3 to 7 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church. Plate will include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drink for $7. For deliveries call Chassie Timbs 423-557-4635, Christie Laws 423-291- 2045, Diane Lipford 423-471-1251, Karen Wittenberg 423- 291-2180. All money raised will be to help Frances with her transportation and hotel room stay after having kidney transplant. She has waited on a kidney for 23 years and with a small son this will help her live a longer healthier life.

See what the Johnson County Farmers Market has to offer for this Saturday’s market

This Saturday at the Johnson County Farmers Market

Fresh picked strawberries, beets, kohlrabi, snap peas, kale, swiss chard, arugula, spinach, collard & mustard greens, lettuce, radishes, rhubarb, asparagus, green onions, and select herbs. We’ll have grass fed beef, pasture raised chicken eggs, home- made jellies, jams, applesauce, fresh baked breads, lemon and chocolate lled croissants, gluten free baking mixes, organic granola and homemade fudge. You will also nd handmade soaps, beautiful hand carved woodwork items, jewelry and many other hand crafted items. This week we will have face painting for the kids!Read any good cereal boxes lately?

Did you know that the back of select varieties of Food City’s Food Club brand cereal boxes have been promoting the use of public libraries?
Johnson County Public Library will have a cereal box campaign to promote awareness of public libraries and what they have to offer.

During the month of June, the Library will accept cereal boxes (any brand) to pay for Library nes.
For each empty cereal box, (no bags please,) the Library will forgive $1.00 in nes.

For each full cereal box, (no bags please,) the Library will for- give $3.00 in nes and donate the cereal to a local food bank


Johnson County 2010-2011 Special Education records to be destroyed

2010-11 Special Education records to be destroyed

Please be advised that the Johnson County Board of Education, Special Education Department, 211 North Church St., Mountain City, TN will be destroying Special Education records for the 2010-2011 school year. Items included are psychologicals, IEPs and assessment data. These records need to be picked up no later than June 17, 2016 if you are interested in obtaining a copy.

Farm Bureau in Johnson County invites you to meet the candidates

Farm Bureau invites you to meet the candidates

The Johnson County Farm Bureau will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting at Heritage Hall on June 21st at 6:30 pm. The purpose of this is to meet the candidates running to replace retiring Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and those running for the Tennessee House of Representatives District 3 Seat and to get their standings on issues related to Johnson County and agriculture.

Any questions that you would like to have considered to be asked of the candidates may be submitted to the Johnson County Farm Bureau of ce or emailed to

Mountain City Council to hold special session June 14th

City Council special session June 14th

The Town of Mountain City Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in a special called session on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. There will be a public hearing and second and nal reading of Ordinance #1496, an ordinance appropriating funds for the operation of the Town of Mountain City, Tennessee, to set the property tax rate and the Town of Mountain City’s water and sewer rates and other fees for the scal year 2016/2017. The board will also consider approval of the Town of Mountain City’s Internal Control Policy. The public is welcome to attend. If any additional information is needed, please contact City Recorder Sheila Shaw at 423-727-8005.

Benefit fund-raiser for Venia Stout

Benefit fund-raiser for Miss Venia Stout on June 17, 2016 at the Crewette building from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please come out and help Miss Venia. She has been sick and unable to work. Her medical bills and medications are very expensive and not covered under any medical plans – additionally, she can no longer drive and her expenses are mounting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. Breakfast will consist of sausage, eggs, gravy and biscuits and drink. $7 per plate, child $4. Lunch and dinner menu will be one hamburger or two hotdogs with coleslaw, chili, potato salad, baked beans, dessert and drink for $7; child $4.
Yard sale items available. We deliver. For raffle tickets, call 423-361-7131, 727-5900, 268-0044, 957-7672, 297-3694. Sponsored by Nightline, Inc.

Public meeting of the Johnson County Election Commission

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING of the Johnson County Election Commission

 Notice is hereby given that The Johnson County Election Commission will be holding a Special Meeting. Relevant information regarding the meeting is as follows:

Date: June 16, 2016

Time: 12:00 NOON

 Place: Johnson County Election Commission Office

At the time this notice is being prepared, the election commission expects the agenda of its meeting will include the following items pertaining to the August 4, 2016 State Primary and County General:

  1. Approve Poll Workers
  2. Lock Ballot Boxes

New mobile app option feeds love of local foods

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s “Pick Tennessee” mobile app now offers followers an easy way to feed their love of local foods. Users can search for restaurants committed to serving ingredients sourced from the area, and access GPS mapping to the establishments.

This latest mobile app option is a result of the new Pick Tennessee Farm and Restaurant Alliance. Buyers for restaurants often find it difficult to increase local food options on menus. The Farm and Restaurant Alliance is connecting chefs with farmers, increasing choices for customers who want to know that what went into their meal came from nearby. Meeting that demand will also build farm incomes and support the state’s flourishing local foods movement.

Tennessee chefs and restauranteurs who pioneered the state’s prominence in authentic regional cuisine are enthusiastic proponents. Chef Tandy Wilson of Nashville’s City House used produce from one of his favorite Middle Tennessee suppliers, Delvin Farms, to cook for about 150 guests at a Pick Tennessee farm-to-table in dinner in 2014. Wilson was recently named the 2016 James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast. National publication Travel + Leisure Magazine has recognized 212 Market Restaurant in Chattanooga as the best farm-to-table restaurant in Tennessee for 2016. The restaurant’s chef, Susan Moses, was on the advisory board to form the alliance.

During development of the alliance, farmer-to-chef workshops were held in several cities across the state. Area farmers and food service professionals came together to meet, hear about each sector’s issues and challenges, and learn to do successful business together. Chefs and farmers who participated took educational materials and workbooks back to kitchens and farms.

Farmers and chefs can go to and click on “About Us” to apply for membership in the alliance.  For a list of member restaurants, download the Pick Tennessee mobile app or visit

MADD Tennessee may lose license plate

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Tennessee is in danger of losing a key funding piece that matches funds, enabling MADD TN to offer free victim services. Nationwide, over 10,000 people are killed—and 300,000 people are injured—in drunk driving crashes each year. In 2015, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, TITAN, there were 8,278 impaired driving related crashes resulting in 375 deaths and 5,764 injuries. All of these crashes are 100% preventable.

“Our MADD TN license plates are rolling billboards raising awareness about impaired driving and thousands of dollars to help MADD’s efforts in Tennessee,” noted volunteer Norris Skelley of Cookeville, Tennessee. Norris and his wife, Aline, were two of the chief volunteers that campaigned to get the MADD TN plate that went into production in 1997.

If MADD TN fails to maintain a minimum of 500 plates in circulation by June 30, 2016 the plate will be retired and the organization will lose over $15,000 of annual funding, as well as the awareness that it creates.  Currently, MADD TN needs approximately 70 plates to be purchased.  The MADD plate costs $35, with $30.75 going towards MADD’s efforts to make Tennessee roadways safer.

MADD volunteers are urging concerned citizens across the state to step forward and make a MADD dash to their county clerk’s office to purchase a plate that will support MADD Tennessee’s work to save lives and serve victims.

State Program Director Kate Ritchie said, “I am very thankful to our faithful Tennessee volunteers and supporters, who made the license plate initiative possible and who are now reaching out to their family and friends to keep the MADD TN plate. Their dedication is inspiring. With 95 counties in Tennessee, we would exceed our goal if one person from each county purchased a plate. It’s proof that one person can make a change.”

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads.  Learn more at or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.

Historical Society needs recipes

Historical Society needs recipes

The Johnson County Historical Society is beginning work on a new cookbook to be published in the fall of 2016. We are looking for recipes which have not been published in either of the Historical Society’s previous cookbooks. If you have recipes that you would like to contribute (up to three recipes per person), you can drop them off at the Johnson County Welcome Center, mail them to the Historical Society, PO Box 123, Mountain City, TN 37683 or email to janie_gentry@yahoo. com. We would like to have a short history of the origin of the recipe. Was it handed down from someone in your family or did you create it yourself? Please include your name and phone number so we can contact you if we have any questions.

Trade Community Center to hold ‘pig picking’

Trade Community Center ‘pig picking’

The Trade Community Center will hold its 4th annual pig pickin’ event on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Trade Community Center school grounds, 228 Modock Road, Trade, TN. There will be barbecue and bluegrass music from 2 till 8 p.m. with children’s activities. Music will be by Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys plus Jack Pro t and the Crossroads Bluegrass Band.

The mill will be open for viewing as we continue restoration and repair towards its reopening. Everyone is welcome, and please join us for a country day of activities and fun. For more information, please contact Bill Roark at 423-895-2213.

ACTION invites kids to Camp Discovery

ACTION invites kids to Camp DiscoveryLooking for something to entertain your child during the summer? Camp Discovery is the camp to be in! A fun lled week of discovering lots of different things (Healthy bodies, drug education, science experiments, a hike, team building and making good choices and even a eld trip to the Hands On Museum in Johnson City and much more!) Lunch and snacks will be provided. $20 which covers the cost of the eld trip and t-shirt. Ages 5-11 on June 2 July 1, Ages 12-16 on July 4-8. Please contact Denise at 727-0780 if your child is interested!!!!