Developing: Help find the owner of a 1964 East TN H.S. class ring

This popped into my inbox this weekend:

Hi there,

I found you a while back via a link from somewhere-Instapundit, maybe? Hope you are enjoying your new adventure! I actually am writing to ask for your help finding someone, or how I can best find someone.

My hubby found a 1964 ladies Greeneville, TN high school ring on the recently more greatly exposed TN River shoreline in Admiral Farragut Park last week and we are looking for the owner. Initials inside the ring are JH.

I’ve been putting my sleuthing skills to work to locate the owner, but so far they are not enough. I am not familiar with this area and don’t have any local contacts, as we moved here from NH just a few months ago.

I’d really like to get this ring back to the owner. It is still in good condition, albeit a little worn. It was obviously well-loved. This coming summer will mark the 50th anniversary of this woman’s high school graduation, so I thought it would be especially nice to get the ring back home where it belongs.

I’m open to any suggestions.
Thanks so much!

Kim Hall (@kimahall)

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I did some checking, beginning with a search of “greeneville tn high school 1964 yearbook,” where I found this. Scroll down and you’ll find “Judy Hensley.”

This is supposedly the yearbook.

I have sent this to the Greeneville Police Department. I’ve also sent it to Dr. Linda Stout, director of schools, as well as the school board. I’ve contacted editors at the Greeneville Sun, too.


WaPo: In rural Tennessee, a new way to help hungry children: A bus turned bread truck

Here, in the rural hills of Tennessee, is the latest fallout of a recession that officially ended in 2009 but remains without end for so many. More than 1 in 4 children now depend on government food assistance, a record level of need that has increased the federal budget and changed the nature of childhood for the nation’s poor.

First, schools became the country’s biggest soup kitchens, as free and reduced-price lunch programs expanded to include free breakfast, then free snacks and then free backpacks of canned goods sent home for weekends. Now those programs are extending into summer, even though classes stop, in order for children to have a dependable source of food. Some elementary school buildings stay open year-round so cafeterias can serve low-income students. High schools begin summer programs earlier to offer free breakfast. — More.

TN park among 12 top-secret swimming holes

Cummins Falls—Cummins Falls State Park, Tennessee

There’s something almost theatrical about the setup here at this 211-acre park about 80 miles east of Nashville. The wide steps at the base of the 75-foot waterfall look exactly like an amphitheater, with all seats facing the headliner: a deep, cold-water swimming hole. So it’s only appropriate that the falls have a dramatic backstory to match. When plans were hatched to transform this family favorite into plots for 85 riverfront houses, an enterprising conservationist group bought the land at public auction and sold it back to the state, turning Cummins Falls into Tennessee’s newest state park in May 2012. — More.

Here’s the state’s description: It is the eighth largest waterfall in Tennessee in volume of water, and was named one of the top 10 best swimming holes in the United States in the “America’s Best Swimming Holes” article in Travel and Leisure magazine. The article reads “It’s a hard-earned scramble to the bottom that involves hiking to the overlook, wading across the ankle-deep stream, climbing up to the ridge, and using a rope guide to walk yourself down to the water. This is not a swimming hole for lightweights. Translation: expect a younger crowd. But if you’re agile (and sure-footed), the descent into the cavernous pool is worth the effort.” Alice Bruneau, June 2010

The interstates are a mess today

Dave Foulk     ‏@foulknews                18m       Two-mile backup northbound I-81 into mm 17 because of a wreck.

Dave Foulk     ‏@foulknews                9m       ALERT: North Carolina I-40 eastbound at mm 12 closed because of tractor trailer wreck.