(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.
|Published: 8:28 PM, 03/15/2013
||Last updated: 8:35 PM, 03/15/2013
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.
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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