Celebrations:

Stones renew vows for 50th wedding anniversary
Jimmy and Benita Stone renewed their marriage vows in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, March 17. Officiating was the Rev. Glenn Grubb, who also married the couple in 1957.

The Stones have three children, Michael and wife Kim of Knoxville, Jimbo and wife Kristy of Maryville, and daughter, Kim and husband Rick Reno of Pennsylvania. They also have seven grandchildren, Diana, Ben, Jessica and Daniel Stone; and Riley, Caleb and Emily Reno.

Velez - Hartley to wed
Jennifer Lynn Velez, daughter of Paul and Karen Velez, of Boardman, Ohio, is engaged to Seth Allen Hartley of Haskins, Ohio.

The wedding is Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Knoxville. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.

The future bride is the granddaughter of Reese and Elanor Wills and the great-granddaughter of Reese and Cartha Wills of Maryville.

The bride-to-be received a bachelor’s of science degree in early childhood education and special education from Maryville College. She is a preschool teacher for Oak Ridge City Schools.

The bridegroom is a graduate of Tennessee School of Therapeutic Massage and currently works at Dale Insulation in Alcoa.

Brute Crow turns 97
Above, Jackie Hill, president of the Alcoa Rotary Club, shares a laugh with Rotarian E.C. (Brute) Crow at the club’s meeting on May 23. The club celebrated his 97th birthday. Hill had just read a card signed by the other club members. The front said, "You’re not getting old" and the inside said, "Heck, you were old last year!"

It’s a boy
Michael and Heather Bradburn of Maryville welcome Brenton Michael Bradburn to their family. He was born on May 25, 2007, at 1:18 a.m. at Baptist West Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mike and Christy Bradburn of Maryville, and Rick and Karen Thurman of Alcoa.

Alcoa’s Willie Mae Hannum honored for poetry
"Power Struggle," a poem by Willie Mae Hannum of Alcoa, has been published in a compilation book of poems titled "Timeless Voices." In addition to having her poem chosen for the book, Hannum is also nominated as Poet of the Year for 2007 by the International Society of Poets. She will be inducted as an International Poet of Merit and Honored Member of the society for 2007-2008 at the 21st Annual International Society of Poets convention and symposium in July in Las Vegas, NV.

Hannum says she will not be able to attend the convention. Should she win Poet of the Year, she will receive a grand prize of $20,000. At the convention, the International Outstanding Achievement in Poetry trophy and a commemorative medallion will be presented to the poets whose poems were chosen for "Timeless Voices."

Following is Hannum’s poem that appears in the book. The book can be purchased only through the International Society of Poets.

Power Struggle
By Willie Mae Hannum
In this here old world today, it seems to me we’re racing and running, shunning and cunning.
Never taking the time to know what life is all about.
This is called the power to get but never to give.
The power to move up,
yet not to reach back.
The power to want love,
yet not the power to share love.
Somehow in the struggle
we forget where our power comes from.
So, therefore, it does become a struggle.
We must remember God is our power and there is no need to struggle.

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