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James Ray Potter, of Maryville, will celebrate his 89th birthday on Aug. 21. He was born in 1930, in Blount County, to the late William H. Potter and Bertha Davis Potter.

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Pauline Joyce “Polly” Huffstetler, of Maryville, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Aug. 22. She was born in 1929, in Blount County, to the late Paul and Mae Murphy Huffstetler.

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U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Blake A. Mills, of Maryville, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air For…

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Makara McDonald, of Walland, has been awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin for the 2019-2020 academic year, according to Dr. James Mantooth, executive director, Office of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement. McDonald is the daughter of J…

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Abigail Grace Hinsley, of Maryville, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Mars Hill University, in Mars Hill, North Carolina. To be named to the dean’s list, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credit hours and make no grade below a C.

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Mary Elizabeth Franklin, of Maryville, will celebrate her 95th birthday on Saturday, July 27, 2019. She was born in Dandridge in 1924, to the late Avery and Thelma Jones. Her family includes her husband, the late Raymond J. Franklin; children, Jim and Anna Raye Mitchell, of St. Louis, Missou…

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Elizabeth Bogart of Maryville has received a Bachelor of Science degree in imaging science from Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT conferred some 4,200 degrees in this academic year at all of its campuses. The commencement ceremony was held in May.

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Kaylin D. Bailey has graduated from the University of Pennsylvania magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. The ceremony was held on May 20. Her post graduate plans are working in human resources at Urban Outfitters headquarters in Philadelphia.

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Jean Stroud Martin Warren, of Alcoa, will celebrate her 90th birthday on July 21, 2019. She was born in 1929 in Tallassee to Albert and Ilah Stroud. She was one of 12 children. She grew up in Straightway Baptist Church, where her father was a Deacon. Her family includes her late husbands, Cl…

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Julia Snell, of Maryville, made the dean’s list for the spring 2019 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

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Five Blount County locals graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in May. They are: Andrew Thomas Bihl, of Maryville, bachelor of science degree in chemistry; Alexandra E. Cherry, of Maryville, bachelor of arts in communication & information sciences; Blake Dalton Griffith…

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Andrew Noah Paszek, of Maryville, has been named to the sprign 2019 dean’s list at Clemson University, in Clemson University. Paszek, is majoring is Mathematical Sciences. To be named to the dean’s list, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

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Emily N. Huffer, of Maryville, has been named to the spring 2019 president’s list at Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina. Huffer is majoring is Industrial Engineering. To be named to the president’s list, a student must achieve a 4.0 (all As) grade-point average.

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Seven Blount County locals were named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate. To be placed on the dean’s list, the student must be a full-time undergraduate and have a 3.5 grade point average for the semester. The students are: Michael Bradley, of Maryvill…

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University of Alabama student Andrew Byrd, of Louisville, is serving as Orientation Leader in the Avanti program for the summer 2019 orientation session. Nearly 60 students are serving on the UA Avanti team — a group that seeks to welcome new students during the Bama Bound orientation process.

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Savannah Stewart, of Greenback, is serving as a parent ambassador during the summer of 2019 at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Students who are Parent Ambassadors receive opportunities to build their leadership skills and to work with other student leaders and professional…

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Truda Valentine Thompson, of Rockford, turned 90-years-old on June 22, 2019. She was born in Blount County in 1929 to the late Houston and Ollie Valentine. Her family includes children, Donna Love, and Scott Householder, both of Rockford; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Sh…

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Jackson Painter, of Maryville, graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Painter majored in physics, with a minor in Asian studies at Colgate. Painter received a Bachelor of Arts degree Cum Laude at Colgate’s 198th Commencement on May 19.

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Thirty-five Blount County natives graduated from Lincoln Memorial University, in Harrogate, Tennessee, on May 4, 2019. They are: Elizabeth Bell, of Maryville, who graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing family nurse practitioner concentration; Amy Bivens, of Maryville, who graduated cu…

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Several Blount County natives made the spring 2019 dean’s list at Roane State Community College in Harriman. To be eligible, a student must attain a 3.5 grade-point average while attempting 12 or more semester hours of college-level courses; or earn a 3.5 as a student in the college’s nursin…

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Several Blount County natives made the spring 2019 president’s list at Roane State Community College, in Harriman. To be eligible, a student must attain a 4.0 grade-point average while attempting 12 or more semester hours of college-level courses; or earn a 4.0 as a student in the college’s …

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Sam Taylor, of Louisville, has been named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. To make the Arts and Sciences dean’s list, students must rank in the top third of their college. Sam is a junior majoring in Economics and Middle Eastern studies. He is a 2…

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Kaylin D. Bailey, of Maryville, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania on May 20. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Physiology. Her post graduate plans are working in Human Resources at Urban Outfitters headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the gran…

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Vance Davis, of Maryville, studying in the College of Engineering, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s and president’s lists at the University of Iowa. To be named to dean’s list, a student must achieve a grade point average of 3.50 (out of a 4.0) or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI…

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Walker Nowell, of Louisville, recently was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia. In order to achieve dean’s list status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 “quality…

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Two Blount County natives have graduated from Wofford College, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. They are: Laura McLeod Dean, who received a bachelor of science degree in psychology; and Alexandra Lea Tampas, who received a bachelor of arts degree in accounting, cum laude. Both are from Maryville.

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Sixty-eight Blount County students graduated from Maryville College in May 2019. They are: Jeremiah Babb, Olivia Caudle, Jessica Dillard and Hannah Turner, of Alcoa; Tori Cox, Arian Mitchell, Colleen Nordstrom and Michael Westerfield, of Friendsville; Madison Davis, Brody Hess, Lauren Kelley…

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Four Blount County students attended the 72nd session of American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State from May 26 to June 1 at Lipscomb University in Nashville. They are: Rebecca Moler, from William Blount High School; Isabella Jean Bostrom, from Maryville High School; Erika Renee Claridy…

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Six Blount County natives were named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Walters State Community College, in Morristown. They are: Fletcher Thomas Norrod and Reid Gray Walker, of Maryville; and Samantha Joann Berry, Jake Austin Carr, Haley Diana Graves and Kallyn Jo Ann, of Seymour. To receive…

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Two rising third-year students at Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Harrogate, received their white coats during a ceremony in April. They are: Henry Hartsoe and Katielynn Johnson, both of Maryville. Hartsoe went to undergraduate school at East Tennesse…

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Sierra Walker, of Maryville, was named to the spring 2019 dean’s list at Emory and Henry College, in Emory, Virginia. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve at least a 3.6 (A minus) grade-point average and must have completed at least 12 credit hours of course work during the …

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