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Peggy Ann Raines, of Maryville, celebrated her 80th birthday on Sept. 25. She was born to the late Gladys and Bart Hurst, in Blount County on Sept. 25, 1939.

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U.S. Air Force Airman John A. Smith 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 Force core values, physical fitness, and bas…

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The family of Leona Johnson would like to invite family and friends to help celebrate her 80th birthday. Leona was born Sept. 24, 1939, to John and Fronia Hill. Her celebration will he Saturday, Sept. 28, at Friendship Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3310 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville. The…

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Jean W. Byrne, of Maryville, daughter of Donald and Ruth Haseltine White, of Wakefield, Mass., will turn 100 years old on Sept. 26.

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Fifty-one Blount County residents graduated from Roane State Community College, in Harriman, during the 2018-2019 school year. They are: Paige Brown Kate Childs, Joshua O’Dell and Jessica Zabilski, all of Alcoa; Charity Worrick, of Friendsville; Anthony Dyer, Alexis Ferguson and Kaci Isabell…

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U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Griffith, a Maryville native, is currently forward deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa where he serves as the base deputy comptroller. Camp Lemonnier is an operational installation that enables U.S., allied and partner nation forces to…

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. George Dickens, a Seymour native, is currently forward deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa where he serves as the deputy director for plans and training for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Camp Lemonnier is an operational installation…

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Eight Blount County natives were named to the summer 2019 dean’s list at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They are: Amanda Cummings, of Greenback; Ainsley Ellington, Meagan Franklin, Sarah Russell, Anna Stout, Holley Stringfield and Erica Waters, all of Maryville; and Leah Lyons, of Seymour.

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Georgie Costner, of Maryville, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. She was born to the late Ida Mae and Jessie Rose, in North Carolina in 1919.

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Jacob Aaron Hoyos, of Alcoa, graduates summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in computing from East Tennessee State University. Hoyos received several awards and a full scholarship for graduate school. His parents are Fredrick and Sandra D. Hoyos. His grandparents are Alfredo and…

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Natalie Beaty, of Maryville, qualified for the summer 2019 dean’s list at Belmont University, in Nashville. Eligibility for the summer session is based on a minimum nine-hour course load over 10 weeks and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

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Geneva “Lorene” Webb, of Maryville, turned 80 years old on Aug. 25, 2019. She was born in 1939. Her family includes children, Randy and Robin; and grandson, Zach. She is the best Little Momma in the world. Momma, we love you.

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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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