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Sympathy to Rose Watts and Nellie Bentley and families on the recent death of their mother, Ella Lee Mathis.

"Ya-a-a-y, Daddy did it!!" These were the words shouted by Kullon Patrick thru the crowd when he ran into his daddy's arms, Kyle, following a 2-hour graduation ceremony from Tennessee Tech. Kyle received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Saturday, December 14th.

Another Cannon Countian graduating from Tech was Douglas Martin, who received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education. Others on hand to watch these two "walk the walk" were Shannon Patrick, Mike Brown, Tim, DeAnna, Janna, and Alayna Reed, Ashley Campbell, Dustin Patrick, Anita Patrick Austin Martin and Roger Martin. Congratulations to both.

Later that afternoon, the EE guy and his family, the Reeds, Mike Brown, Ryan Womack, Janna Reed and P-pa and I enjoyed getting together at Cheddars in Murfreesboro to continue the celebration.

Sunday was our annual "Christmas Cookie Decorating Day". There were several "masterpieces" made by Kullon Patrick, Rylon Morrison, and Janna, Alayna and Adrianna Reed. Even Amaieah Morrison tried her hand at one! The adults, (especially P-pa), Ray, Anita and Dustin Patrick, Tim and DeAnna Reed, Shannon and Kyle Patrick, Sam and Bethany Morrison, and I enjoyed the results.

Tuesday was a beautiful day for Christmas caroling and students and faculty of Auburn School did just that.
Wednesday night was also a good time to go caroling and several members of Prosperity Baptist Church traveled around to "carol" to shut-ins. A time of some finger food fellowship was enjoyed when all arrived back at the church.
Betty and Terry Thomas with Patrick Thomas and Lauren Hamilton of Cedar Grove enjoyed a couple of days stay recently in Gatlinburg.

Happy birthday to Jesus! Betty Thomas celebrates hers the 27th. Mitchell Davenport comes in with his on the 29th and finishing out the month of December and the year 2013 are Brian Leyhew, Dalton Lack, Dustin Lack, Dawson Reed and Lindsay Cooper. Happy birthday to ya'll also!

Ray and Jean Barrett Melton celebrate their 58th anniversary on the 26th. New Year's Even 1993, Todd and Susan Turney were wed. Happy anniversary to both couples.

May each of you readers have a very Merry Christmas and remember the true meaning of the season. Had it not been for Christ's birth, there would be no Christmas.

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