The Clinton High School valedictorian and salutatorian were listed incorrectly in the May 27, 2020, graduation section.

The Courier apologizes for this error and any inconvenience or misunderstanding it may have created.



Clinton Senior High School Graduation

7 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2020 (Rain Date: June 27)

Clinton City Football Field, 151 Gillam Street

Anderson Countians earn degrees from LMU

Lincoln Memorial University President Clayton Hess conferred 547 degrees — including 168 associate, 220 baccalaureate, 140 master’s, three educational specialist and 16 doctorate -- on candidates who completed the degree requirements at the close of the spring semester on Saturday, May 2.

LMU’s Spring 2020 semester was completed online due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The university also canceled the spring commencement ceremonies.

Among the graduates were:

Katelyn Godsey of Andersonville, who earned an associate of science in nursing degree;

Anita Jordan of Clinton, who earned a n associate of science in nursing degree;

Michelle Montgomery of Clinton, who earned an associate of science in nursing degree;

MacKenzie White of Clinton, who earned an associate of science in nursing degree;

Harrison Calhoun of Norris, who earned a bachelor of arts in history-teacher licensure degree;

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Anderson County 4-Hers take part in Clover Bowl contest

Fourth Grade Team: Evan McClure (captain), Cameron Phillips, Aubrey Webb, and Bently Gross.
Clover Bowl is a 4-H contest that tasks youth to utilize speed and knowledge to answer questions in quiz-bowl format. Question topics include science, government, Tennessee, life skills, agriculture, and 4-H.

Anderson County had three teams that competed in the Eastern Regional 4-H Clover Bowl Contest, where 40 teams from 17 different counties competed for regional honors. This year’s competition occurred virtually with teams from all over East Tennessee buzzing in to answer the questions using electronic software.

Two from county earn degrees at University of the Cumberlands

University of the Cumberlands has conferred degrees to the Class of 2020.

Graduates from Anderson County include:

Emily Stone of Oak Ridge, who received a bachelor of science degree in public health.

Jessica Webb of Clinton, who received a bachelor of science degree in fitness and sport management.

Commencement ceremonies were unable to be held this year, so the university found other ways to celebrate its graduates. “Grad boxes” were sent to graduates’ homes, complete with discount vouchers for the Cumberlands bookstore; specially ordered red, white, and blue 2020 tassels for graduation caps; new notebooks; and of course, that important slip of paper, the students’ hard-earned diplomas.

RSCC launches ‘Let’s Talk Tuesdays’

Roane State Community College is launching a new initiative called “Let’s Talk Tuesdays” in order to get students the in-person assistance they need while campuses are operating remotely or with limited access.

College representatives will be set up in campus parking lots each Tuesday during the month of June from 10 a.m. until noon local time. Attendees should look for the pop-up tents at their locations and follow any signage that is posted at the site. As part of this effort, staff members will be able to accept books and calculators borrowed from the library as well as books rented from the campus bookstore. The events will be held on the following Tuesdays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. All Roane State campus sites will participate with the exception of the Clinton facility.

Roane State staff working these events will continue to abide by public health and safety guidelines, including the completion of a daily wellness screening before coming to campus, wearing face coverings and practicing enhanced hygiene when interacting with others.

Questions about these events can be emailed to Teresa Duncan, Roane State’s vice president of Workforce and Community Development, at

Roane State grad Kane Taylor is breaking into show business

Roane State graduate Kane Taylor, a Clinton resident, is breaking into show business in a big way. In the past year, he’s has had roles in at least 16 TV shows.
Kane Taylor has some advice about breaking into show business.

“Shoot for the stars,” he said, laughing.

Blessed with charisma and an outgoing personality, the 20-yearold recent Roane State graduate has already appeared in at least 16 television shows in the past year.

He’s had small parts in several crime shows on the Investigation Discovery Channel, including “Murder Chose Me,” “ATL Homicide,” and “Killer Couples.”

“I’ve always dreamed of becoming an actor,” said Taylor, a Clinton resident. “I never thought it would happen.”

Taylor said the best two seconds of his life were when he first saw himself on a TV show, playing basketball with the main character on an episode of “Murder Chose Me.”

That occurred while he was a senior at Clinton High School. His response to his two seconds of fame?

“I was freaking out,” he said.

And now he’s taking every part he’s offered

by production company Jupiter Entertainment through his talent reps, the STAIR Agency of Clinton.

“I’m taking them as a learning opportunity and a stepping stone for the future,” he said.

And he’s getting paid to do what he loves. “As soon as I found out I was going to get paid, it was the best moment ever,” he said.

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Carson-Newman University announces spring 2020 graduates

The following students graduated from Carson-Newman University at the conclusion of

the institution’s spring semester.

Commencement ceremonies, postponed due to the pandemic, are proposed for Aug. 7.

From Anderson County and surroundings areas are:


Jess Bumgardner, bachelor of science, physics and mathematics;

Jasmine Rizk, bachelor of arts, mathematics;

Jasmine Rizk, bachelor of science with honors, biochemistry;

Kira Treadway, bachelor of arts, communication studies.


Olivia Bray, bachelor of science, biochemistry;

Derick Marlow, bachelor of arts with honors, political science and religion;

MacKenzie Payne, bachelor of arts, liberal studies;

Autumn Provins, associate of science, general studies.


Raven Aiken, bachelor of music, music education;

David Bennett II, doctorate of education, educational leadership.

Oak Ridge

Christian Mitchell, bachelor of science, business administration;

Victoria Qiu, bachelor of arts, biology;

Courtney Simpson, master of education, educational leadership;

Tracey Sizemore, master of education, educational leadership.

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal artsbased university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The university is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has more than 2,700 students. Carson-Newman offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.