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Billboard marks South Harriman milestone

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A new billboard along Roane Street in South Harriman has been erected to help graduates of the former school celebrate a half-century milestone.

Arranged and provided by the South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization, the billboard in predominantly South Harriman High School orange notes that 2013 marks 50 years since the last class graduated from South Harriman High School in May 1963.

“As the billboard attests, the buildings may be gone and the classes no longer exist, but for all former South Harriman Pirates, the spirit lives on,” said Ken Isham of South Harriman Schools Alumni and Friends Organization.

The billboard also denotes the beginning of a year-long cele-
bration of this Golden Homecoming for all former students and associates of South Harriman schools.

The Golden Homecoming dinner and program will be on May 25 on the main campus of Roane State Community College.

Isham said he expects 350-400 alumni to attend the homecoming and participate in special activities through the year.

Information and/or reservations may be obtained by contacting either Isham at 355 Westwood Drive, Harriman, TN 37748 or KIsham355@Comcast.net; or Peggy Truxell at 717 Calvin St., Kingston, TN 37763.

Cost for the meal and program at Roane State is $22 per person.

Former teachers and administrators will be special guests, with all costs defrayed.

The celebration spearheaded by the Alumni Organization will also emphasize special provisions for all the group’s regular community projects.

They include bicycle presentations for students with perfect attendance at Bowers Elementary School; scholarships to 4-H camp for Bowers students; and Memorial and Veterans Day displays at the site of the former high school.

“The Alumni Association wants to encourage maximum participation for all former students and associates,” Isham said.

“We especially invite those who have not attended previous gatherings or homecomings.”