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Smoky Mountain Homeplace part of today's newspaper

Published: 9:34 AM, 10/24/2013 Last updated: 9:39 AM, 10/24/2013

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

NEWPORT—The much-anticipated Smoky Mountain Homeplace, the Newport Plain Talk's yearly special edition targeting a particular part of Cocke County's history, appears in today's paper.

This year's 32-page keepsake publication, "School Days,"ť focuses on the history of education in Cocke County and includes articles about Cocke County's earliest schools, pictures of long-ago classes and teachers, and interesting tidbits of school news gleaned by Cocke County Historian Eddie Walker from newspapers dating back before 1900.

Of special interest are some of the many essays submitted by our readers in praise of a special teacher. Out-of-town judges praised this year's entries, calling them the best they've ever seen.

"The Bell girls" Jan Caughron, Betty Jo Ford, and Ginger Sue Cantrell daughters of the ReVel Bell and the late Chester Bell of Cosby, captured first place and a $100 prize for their essay honoring the memory of the late Letty Bryant.

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

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