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Habitat For Humanity held a celebration at its Kingston office for Loretta Culbert, who has paid off her mortgage for a house she received from the organization. Cheering the accomplishment are, from left, Culbert, her daughter Danielle, daughter Nikki, grandson Jayden, Roane County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Charlotte Bowers, David Brashears, County Commissioners Randy Ellis and Allen Hickman, and Culbert’s husband Hank.

Harriman resident Loretta Culbert and members of her family attended a ceremonial mortgage burning at the Roane County Habitat for Humanity headquarters in Kingston on Thursday.

“Loretta has paid off her mortgage after 20 years,” Habitat Executive Director Charlotte Bowers said.

“We’re just really proud of her because that’s a momentous occasion, to finish the program in full and anybody who owns a home knows how important that is to finally get that mortgage paid off.”