Janelle Arthur to perform for first Carmichael School banquet Aug. 16

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The Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. will host its inaugural banquet on Aug. 16 in the New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge.

Oliver Springs native Janelle Arthur, a top 5 finalist in the 2013 season of FOX-TV’s “American Idol,” will give a musical performance for the event that benefits the organization in her hometown.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and nearly 400 guests are expected to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live auction, dinner and entertainment.

Harriman High School graduate Mel Clemmons will be the program’s master of ceremonies.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Clemmons is founder of the Superheroes Foundation.

Former University of Tennessee football player Inky Johnson will be the guest speaker.

Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple or $250 per table.

“We are very excited to host this event for such an outstanding organization”, said Julia Daniel, Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. president.

“Having Mr. Johnson and our very own Janelle Arthur come and support us is amazing, and we are truly thankful for their support,” she added.

Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. is a 501 C(3) organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of the African American community, promote education, and support the development of Carmichael Park on Fritts Road.

The site, in the jurisdiction of Roane County, is the landmark of the historical black school location.

The park’s future use will include walking trails and outdoor recreational space for community activities; and indoor space for community meetings and events.

It will consist of enhanced restoration of the natural and scenic areas.

Additionally, the organization will educate visitors about the historical significance of the Carmichael Park’s site with walk-through displays and exhibits.

Visit www.mcsoinc.org to purchase tickets and for information on how to support the Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc., or email Faye Curd at faye.curd@yahoo.com.