|Published: 7:00 PM, 03/08/2013
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-"Our purpose is to preserve the legacy of
all the people touched by Tanner," said Carlene Robinson regarding the
newly-established Tanner Alumni Association.
Robinson was speaking at a recent meeting held at Newport
Utilities' community room. "There was never a yearbook, but people have
pictures tucked away," she continued, "but people have pictures
tucked away. We must motivate more people to research and refine our
Robinson emphasized the importance of collecting and
preserving the history. "With every passing day," she said,
"more of this history is lost. We know who has connections with
Robinson and others are alumni of Tanner School, Cocke
County's last African-American school which housed all twelve grades until its
closure in the 1960s.
Until 2011, the former school served as home to numerous
other groups and agencies, until severe tornado damage forced its closure.
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