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Opening thought: "Then Jesus said again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall see me, and shall die in your sins: wither I go, ye cannot come."
<![CDATA[JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - East Tennessee State University conferred almost 1,500 degrees in two fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 14. Here are the local graduating students: Brentwood: Jordan D. Brison, bachelor of science; Ashley M. Draper, bachelor of science; Ogechi A. Egbujor, doctor of physical therapy College Grove: Patrick L. Franklin, bachelor of science Franklin: Justin M. Beach, doctor of philosophy Nolensville: Keeley E. Haggard, bachelor of science SEARCY, Ark. - The following local residents were among almost 400 graduates who received a diploma at Harding University's commencement exercises Dec. 14, 2013. Antioch: Mallory Doran received a bachelor of science in nursing; Andrew Leeper received a master's degree in ministry. Brentwood: Jenna Fox received a bachelor of science in nursing; Elizabeth Ray received a bachelor of business administration in accounting. Nolensville: William Anderson received a bachelor of business administration in finance; Ryan McAlister received a bachelor of arts in general studies; Brian Petree received a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism. Graduates include students from the College of Allied Health, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Bible and Ministry, Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, Cannon-Clary College of Education, Carr College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and College of Sciences. University President Bruce D. McLarty presented the diplomas to the graduates. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Several local students graduated from Samford University in December 2013. Brentwood: Jenna Christina Deann Allen graduated from Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing with a bachelor of science in nursing; Tyler Phillip Kemp graduated from Brock School of Business with a bachelor of science in business administration; Rachel Katherine Worsham graduated cum laude from Howard College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor of arts degree. Franklin: Molly Jayne Christians of Franklin graduated from Brock School of Business with a bachelor of science in business administration; Kirby Adelaide Durr of Franklin graduated from Howard College of Arts and Scienceswith a bachelor of arts degree. COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - About 700 students recently earned their degrees from Tennessee Tech University. The university's newest graduates represent 72 Tennessee counties, 27 states and 13 other countries. They joined the ranks of more than 76,000 alumni around the world. Their degrees were in 39 fields of study. Here are the local graduates: Brentwood: Gregory David Center and Ian Andrew Youel. Eagleville: Jordan Michael Dowd. Franklin: Alexander Neal Reese, Allison Taylor Mills, Danielle Elizabeth Hennig, Michael Alan Mason, Nicholas Allen Waggoner, Patrick Michael Kennedy, Paul Josef Moody, Shane Christopher Paulson and Stephen Edward Gudan. Spring Hill: Molly Rebecca Hoffman. Thompson's Station: Christopher Todd Rector and Samantha Lea Gadzo.
Local historian Rick Warwick will put a romantic spin on the Civil War on Thursday with a discussion of letters written by a Confederate physician to his young wife.