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Jared Douglas, of Maryville, earned a Mechanical Engineering, BSME from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Douglas graduated during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.

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Spencer White, a Music Performance major from Louisville, was recently recognized on the spring 2020 president’s list at Columbus State University, in Columbus, Georgia. The president’s list represents the pinnacle of academic achievement at CSU, recognizing students who have achieved a seme…

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Three Blount County locals were named to the spring 2020 dean’s list at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina. They are: Abigail Grace Hinsley, Leah M. Hinsley and Connor Jeffery Evans, all of Maryville. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade-point average of …

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Twenty-five locals earned degrees from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. The following students earned Associate of Science in Nursing degrees: Erin Bosley, Montana Dunn, Alyssa Gordley, Caitlin Harvey, Emily Marmon, Blakeley Perkins, Thomas Smith, Lori Sykes and Heather W…

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Mary Elizabeth Hicks, of Greenback, celebrated her 90th birthday on May 30, 2020. She was born in Irondequoit, New York, in 1930, to the late William and Marjorie Rudman.

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Twelve Blount County locals earned degrees from Carson-Newman University, in Jefferson City, Tennessee, at the end of the spring 2020 semester. They are: Jamie Czornohus, Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, of Alcoa; April Anderson, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Rebekkah Noe,…

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Garrett Smith, of Maryville, was named to the spring 2020 dean’s list at Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts. To achieve the dean’s list, students must take at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or higher and and make no grade lower than a C- during their c…

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Sixteen Blount County locals were named to the spring 2020 dean’s list at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Students that earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher while completely at least 12 credit hours are named to the dean’s list. These local students are: April Anderson and Cars…

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Eight local residents graduated from Western Governors University, an online university. The graduates are: Matthew Watson, of Friendsville, who earned a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Leadership and Management; Katieanna Morton, of Greenback, who earned a Bachelor of Science i…

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Ryan P. McNealy, of Maryville, graduated from the University of Alabama on May 2, 2020, earning Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees. McNealy served as the Propulsion System Integration Lead Engineer over the past two years for Alabama’s E…

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Garrett Spurlin, of Louisville, received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from the State University of New York. Spurlin is an Aviation Administration major at Farmingdale State College, a SUNY school. He was awarded the leadership award due to his work with student-veterans, he…

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Rachel Taylor, of Greenback, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Taylor was initiated at Tennessee Technological University. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination an…

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Anthony Rios, of Friendsville, was recently initiated into the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership.

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Joshua Young, of Louisville, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Young was initiated at Middle Tennessee State University. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible …

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Sierra Walker, of Maryville, was named to the fall 2019 dean's list at Emory & 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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Jared Douglas of Maryville, is one of the 61 cadets who will comprise the Summerall Guards for The Citadel Class of 2021. Known around the United States as one of the elite military drill troupes, membership is a high honor at the military college in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Nicholas Boyd, a Blount County native, fires an M240B-machine gun during a live fire drill aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton March 18, 2020. Paul Hamilton is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to…

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Eleven Blount County students were were awarded bachelor’s degrees from Maryville College in December 2019. They are: Chris Boyd, of Alcoa; Michael Westerfield, of Friendsville; Caitlin Blair, Amanda Cable, Mason Denman, Makayla Parsley, Anna Scott, Stevie Sullivan, Larry Talbert and Megan W…

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Jacqueline Bentz, of Alcoa, was inducted to the Phi Kappa Phi at Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership.

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Kera Kooch, of Townsend, was inducted to Kappa Beta Delta, a national honor society for business majors, at Walters State Community College. Kappa Beta Delta encourages and recognizes scholarship among students of business, management and administration pursuing associate degrees. Kappa Beta…

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Betty Ruth Rogers Cunningham Henry, of Alcoa, will turn 84 years old on March 1, 2020. She was born in Alcoa in 1935 to the late Travis and Reba Rogers. The celebration for Betty will be on Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. at her home, 1746 Ramsay St., Alcoa.

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Two Blount County residents were named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Furman University, in Greenville, South Carolina. They are: McKenzie Munday, of Louisville; and Eva Kiser, of Maryville. Furman’s dean’s list is composed of full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade point average …

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Benjaimin Rasmussen, of Maryville, was named to the fall 2019 president’s list at Kennesaw State University, in Kennesaw, Georgia. To be named to the president’s list, each student must have satisfactorily completed at least 9 semester hours with a term grade point average of 4.0.

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Preston Brinkley, of Maryville, was named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Kennesaw State University, in Kennesaw, Georgia. Students named to the dean’s list were enrolled in at least nine credit hours of courses and earned a grade point average of at least a 3.5.

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Jeremy Stache graduated from Mississippi State University on Dec. 13 with a PhD in Civil Engineering. He is a 2002 graduate of Alcoa High School and a 2006 graduate of West Point Military Academy. He is employed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) as a Research C…

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Many Blount County natives were named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. They are: Aaron T. Barlow, Jordan A. Hoyos, Brittany E. Lorenzo, Lauren K. Moore, Taylor R. Moore and Lindsay E. Murray, all of Alcoa; Kasidy E. Dunn and Haley N. Summers, b…

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Jacob Powell, of Maryville, has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Powell is a Senior at Heritage High School with a 4.4 GPA. He is a member of National Honor Society, President of Student Council and is captain of the basketball team. Powell will be attending the University o…

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Spencer White, of Louisville, was named to the fall 2019 president’s list at Columbus State University, in Columbus, Georgia. The president’s list represents the pinnacle of academic achievement at CSU, recognizing students who have achieved a semester grade point average of at least 3.80 GP…

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Abigail Starcher, of Maryville, was named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio. To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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Kenneth and Ruth Potter McGill, of Maryville, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 20. The couple was married at the bride’s parent’s house in 1960.

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Herb Bishop, of Rockford, will celebrate his 84th birthday on Feb. 10. He will share the birthday with his family at home. He was born to the late Greene and Lola Mae Bishop in Rockford in 1936.

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Austin Peay State University, in Clarksville, celebrates the high-achieving freshmen who have been offered the dean’s scholarship for the fall 2020 semester. They are: Skylar Hewerdine, Jaden Toby and Arianna Brown, all of Maryville. The dean’s scholarships are for freshman students who have…

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Three Blount County residents earned their Bachelor of Science degrees from Austin Peay State University, in Clarksville. They are: James Dixon and Dylan Smith, both of Maryville; and Kevin Hanson, of Louisville.

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