(c)2013 NPT PHOTO BY RICK HOOPER Above: Roland Dykes III, left, hugs Esther Houston Vassar, right, as she is presented with a Celebrating Our Success award during Thursday’s Cocke County Education Foundation banquet. Bottom Left: James S. Franks speaks to the crowd after being presented a Celebrating Our Success award Thursday night. Bottom Right: Esther Houston Vassar addresses those in attendance after receiving her honor.
Friday, March 15, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-03-15 20:35:53)
 
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Cocke County natives Esther Houston Vassar and James Franks, Jr. received standing ovations from over 200 friends, family, and community members Thursday evening when they were honored by the Cocke County Education Foundation as recipients of the group's Celebrate Our Success honor.

The Foundation annually bestows the award on two graduates of local high schools who have then achieved outstanding successes in their chosen fields.

Vassar, a Tanner High School graduate, Class of 1962, recently retired as U. S. Small Business Administration National Ombudsman and Assistant Administrator of Regulatory Enforcement Fairness.

Franks, a Cocke County High School Class of 1960 graduate, is senior research scientist and fisheries biologist at the University of Southern Mississippi Center for Fisheries Research and Development's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Coastal Sciences and an associate graduate faculty member of the University of Southern Mississippi's Graduate Program.

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