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Bradley County fell one-tenth of 1 percent short of tying an all-time record for lowest unemployment in April, based on the strength of increased hiring in the tourism and manufacturing industries.At … more
Volunteer Energy announces scholarship recipients 
  
Volunteer Energy Cooperative has announced four recipients of the Lillard-Shadow Scholarships for 2018. 
  
Hannah Caitlyn Asberry, daughter of Scott and Bobbie Joe Kirby, is a 2018 graduate of Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute and the winner of the Jamestown Service Area Lillard-Shadow Scholarship. She plans to attend Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and will be pursuing a degree in nursing. She graduated No. 4 in her class with a 4.0 GPA. 
  
Cleveland Service Area Lillard-Shadow scholarship winner Kelby Fritts, daughter of Rhonda McKnight, is a 2018 graduate of Polk County High School. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and pursue a chemical Engineering degree. She graduated with a 4.0 from and was ranked second in her graduating class. During her high school years, she volunteered with People Helping People, Paint Polk Pink, assisted the Chilhowee Middle Basketball coach, and ran a can food drive. 
  
Stone Memorial High School graduate and Crossville Service Area Lillard-Shadow scholarship recipient Jordan Ann Houston plans to attend Tennessee Tech University. Jordan is the daughter of Kenneth and Vickie Houston. She graduated from Stone Memorial with a 4.0. At Tech, she plans to pursue a degree in Biochemistry. She has a history of serving others as she participated with Kids on the Rise, was a 4-H teen leader, Beta Club president, HOSA Club president and on the SMHS Cheer Squad. While on the cheer squad, she volunteers with the Special Olympics, Relay for Life, House of Hope and St. Jude. Her teachers described her as a genuinely kind person who seeks to include others in projects, and who is respected by peers and faculty alike. 
  
Rhea County High School graduate Isabelle Grace Marshall is the Decatur Service Area winner of the Lillard Shadow Scholarship. The daughter of Joni Ann Marshall, she graduated with 4.0.  She will be attending the University of Southern California to major in international business and entrepreneurship. She has a history of volunteering including but not limited to Rhea County Animal Hospital, Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Toy Drive, JROTC Canned Food Drive, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. 
  
This scholarship program began in 2003 as a way to honor Willis A. Shadow and J. W. Lillard, founders of the Meigs County Power Association which would ultimately become Volunteer Energy Cooperative.  Four $2,000 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors each year by VEC using an independent panel of judges. more
“The Voice of Democracy”  2018 Essay winner for Bradley County is Sam Hood, a student at Walker Valley High School. This year’s essay theme was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”   The annual essay contest is sponsored by the VFW, VFW Auxiliary Post 2598 and Bradley County 4-H.  Presenting a certificate and $25 check, are Kathryn Ervin, Bradley Co. 4-H representative, Hood, and Wilma Goins, past department president of Auxiliary Post 2589.  more
Basics for Windows 10 will meet Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Training Room. Come learn about the latest version of Windows. WiggleWorms is a baby program that targets children 2 years of … more
The Beaty Cemetery and J.W. Triplet Cemetery will have the annual cleanup day on Saturday, 8 a.m. Bring your own equipment to lend a hand. Those who would like … more
Lee Professor Presents at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Dr. Rolando Cuellar, associate professor of intercultural studies at Lee, recently presented at The Paul G. Hiebert Center for World Christianity and Global Theology Annual Lecture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.   In his lecture, “Exploring Images of Christ from Latin America: A Latino Diaspora Perspective,” Cuellar reflects on the central challenge facing readers of the Gospels concerning the identity and the relevance of the message of Jesus Christ.   Cuellar discusses ways Latin American Evangelical and Pentecostal theologians have used a variety of images to describe the identity of Christ and his significance for Latin American people who live in poverty and suffering. Consequently, Latin Americans have developed a theology that fullwy integrates justice, peace, reconciliation, and evangelism.   He invites the North American and the Latino Protestant churches in the United States to rediscover the person and the impact of the message of Christ concerning the Kingdom of God in breaking down the walls of hostility and bringing reconciliation with God and one another. Cuellar’s Christological reflection comes from his experiences as a Latino born and raised in Peru, but currently living in the United States. “Returning to my alma mater and presenting at the Hiebert Center was truly an honor that I will cherish for the rest of my life,” said Cuellar.   Cuellar’s lecture will soon be available for viewing by searching @pghiebertcenter on Facebook.   more
The “B&B Boys” once again paved the way as Bradley Central roared into the District 5-AAA Championship Game with a sweep of archrival Cleveland High.“Blaze (Benton) and (Andy) Bunch gave us … more
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