69th Reunion

The Shoemaker High School Class of 1952 held their 69th Class Reunion Sept. 18, 2021 at Mama’s House. They enjoyed sharing stories and fellowshipping with each other. Classmates in attendance included Beverly Seaver, Jayne Hager, Beverly Fields, Janice Chapman, Nella Dougherty, Max Earl Peters, Tom McCracken, Jim Craft, Fred Kilgore and Kermit Rhoton. A special thank you is extended to […]

Quinn Minute – Where is My Hair?

Many male friends tell me, “I am losing my hair. What can I do about it?” I suggest they do what I did… get rid of your mirror. But seriously, I understand their plight. I still shed mountains of hair daily, much of it from the head. So, here’s my question: is your hair really receding? Maybe you just combed […]

Governor Announces New Grant Program Supporting Local Food, Farming Infrastructure

On Sept. 22, Gov. Ralph Northam announced a new grant program designed to support equitable and sustainable local food systems for small-scale agricultural producers, farmers markets, and food hubs. It is a new component of the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. This Infrastructure Program competitively awards matching grants of up to $25,000 in partnership with local governments for […]


The Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Trustees meets Thursday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Harris Art Gallery at the Wise County Public Library. The finance committee meets at 12:40 p.m. to review monthly payables. Have you been affected by COVID? If you are a Scott County resident who has lost work, childcare or has otherwise been impacted […]

Sweet Potato

Cline Qualls joined by his good friend, Norman Sloan, shows off his 5-pound sweet potato that Qualls grew on his farm in Speers Ferry. At 89 years old, Qualls still works on the farm each and every day with some assistance from Sloan.


The Gate City High School Class of 1980 class reunion originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2 has been cancelled. Refunds will be issued and they will try again for 2025. The Gate City High School Class of 1970 reunion is set for Oct. 30 at MeadowView Conference Center in Kingsport, Tenn. If you have not received your invitation letter, contact […]

Jennie Lee Dishner Chatari

Jennie Lee Dishner Chatari, 85, Mooresville, N.C. and formerly of Duffield, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22 ,2021 in North Carolina. Jennie was born on Jan. 22, 1936, the fifth of 13 children born to the late Will and Donnie Dell (Crook) Dishner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph Chatari (whose ashes […]

Margaret Creasman

Margaret Lane Creasman, 95, of Kingsport, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Deane Hill Assisted Living in Knoxville, Tenn. Born in Scott County, she was raised in Kingsport. Margaret attended Dobyns-Bennett High School. During World War II, she worked at Holston Ordinance and Oak Ridge. She retired from Piece Good Shop, where she was an assistant manager. Margaret […]

Hugh Sherron

Hugh K. Sherron, 84, of Fort Blackmore, passed away Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Hugh was born in Scott County in 1937 to Charles and Hettie (Murphy) Sherron, who preceded him in death as did 10 siblings. Hugh joined the US Army at the age of 15 and served with the Special Forces Green Beret. He spent 22 years in the […]

Norm Jenkins

Herbert N. ‘Norm’ Jenkins, 87, of Surgoinsville, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 with his loving family by his side. He worked 20 years at Slipknot Belting in Kingsport, Tenn., then retired from AFG Greenland after 10 years. Norm found joy in fishing, working in his garden, mowing his yard, whittling and spending time with his family. He had […]