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Caley Williamson captures top honors at National History Day event


Caley Williamson, left, Cosby High School sophomore, placed first in
the Northeast Tennessee District National History Day competition for
her documentary "Out of the Darkness," a study of the Rural
Electrification Administration." With Caley is Darlene McCleish, District
NHD Coordinator.
Published: 7:22 PM, 03/29/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY-Caley Williamson, a Cosby High School sophomore, continued her winning ways in competition at the Northeast Tennessee District National History Day competition held Tuesday, March 5, at Tusculum College.

Caley captured top honors for her documentary film, "Out of the Darkness," a study of the Rural Electricfication Administration in the 1930s.

The work follows the timeline of Morris Cooke and Sen. George W. Norris's efforts to bring electricity to rural America by making it as "affordable for country people as possible," Caley explained.

Beginning with the establishment of the Rural Electrification Administration on May 11, 1935, in four and one-half years over 180,000 miles of power lines were stretched across the nation and another 80,000 miles were underway.

Caley compared the success of what she termed a "much-needed reform" and the "most profound success in the history of the American government" to today's explosion of hi-speed Internet access.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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