Molly Frazier

Molly Jo Boy Frazier passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Molly was born April 18, 1931 to the late Hugh Latham and Lennie Lee Boy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Creed Carter Frazier; daughter, Cindy Frazier Mabry; sisters Lucille Estepp, Mamie Graham, Una Mae Wampler, June Oney and Elizabeth (Liz) Venable; brothers, Hubert Boy, Paul Boy, Hugh […]

Reba Hartgrove

Reba Rogers Hartgrove, 84, Yuma, passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 at Holston Valley Medical Center. She enjoyed quilting and working crossword puzzles. Reba managed Yuma Pool and McGee’s Sandwich Shop for several years while she was a hairdresser in her home for 35 years. Reba was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Hartgrove and her parents, Bert and […]

Nancy Horton

Nancy H. Horton, 98, of Blountville, Tenn., formerly of Hancock County, Tenn., passed away at her home Tuesday Feb. 1, 2022. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great- grandmother, who loved to prepare wonderful meals and care for her family. Nancy enjoyed singing, music, and playing the guitar. As the writer of Proverbs states she was […]

Mike Larkin

Michael Anthony ‘Mike’ Larkin, 56, of Kingsport, Tenn., passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was employed by Scott County Public Schools where he taught sports medicine. Mike was previously employed by HMG Rehab as an athletic trainer for 20 years as well as being the ATC for Twin Springs High School for 30 years. […]

Deborah Leigh Vanzant

Deborah Leigh (Aunt Deb) Vanzant, 67, Gate City, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 at Holston Valley Medical Center. She was born Oct. 28, 1954 to the late Lynton P. Vanzant Sr. and Lelia (Bloomer) Vanzant. Deborah was warm hearted with a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed her family very much and devoted her life to […]

MEOC’s Hearthwarming Sunday Supports Fuel Fund for the Elderly

Mountain Empire Older Citizens is asking area churches and individuals to participate in Hearthwarming Sunday, a midwinter fundraiser for the Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly. The annual event is held on the Sunday closest to Valentine’s Day. This year’s Hearthwarming Sunday is Feb. 13. It falls at a critical time for the fuel fund, which assists older adults in […]

Church Briefs

Thomas Village Baptist Church hosts “A Celebration of Marriage” conference Friday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 26. The free event includes speakers, music, food and fellowship. Visit <www.thomasvillagebaptistchurch.org> for more information or call 431- 4101 and leave a message. Rye Cove Community Church hosts a Valentine’s Day spaghetti dinner Friday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu includes […]

Quinn Summary – A Fable from the Next Table


At dinner, I sat next to two ladies engaged in conversation. I strained my ears to catch any possible gossip. But they weren’t talking to each other. Each had someone else on the phone. Instead of one conversation, I was listening to the parts of two. So, I said to myself: “Self, how can I further confuse this ridiculous situation?” […]

Faith FOCUS

Song of Solomon 2:16

I recently saw this Valentine’s Day quote that read (in part), “Take my hand and take my life too.” If you are married or have been happily married you probably are smiling when you read this quote. The moments you hold hands are special moments. You hold each other’s hand and you also hold onto each other’s hopes and dreams. […]

Lazy Time Pickin’ Parlor Offers Music, Advice to Visitors



Last Friday morning, I drove over to the Lazy Time Pickin’ Parlor on a very rainy day. Many of our readers know about the Pickin’ Parlor which was founded in 2002 by my late brother Leonard M. Stallard. This is a one-stop shopping place for guitars, mandolins, banjos, dobros, bass fiddles, strings for instruments and amplifiers. Here you can buy […]