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Newport Heroine Cynthia Thomas Finch Receives Volunteer of the Year Award
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Newport Heroine Cynthia Thomas Finch Receives Volunteer of the Year Award
By Vivian Shipe, AM Staff Reporter - Nov. 2021

The 31st Annual Equal Opportunity Awards Gala, sponsored by the Urban League awarded it's prestigious Volunteer of the Year award to Newport native Cynthia Thomas Finch.

Finch was recognized for her work in the health field ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be vaccinated against Covid-19. To date, her organization, New Directions Health Care Solutions, along with the Faith Leaders Church Initiative, have given over 60,000 vaccinations.

Ms. Finch said, "This award is the highlight of my professional career."

She also received The National Organization of Elected Legislative Women 2021’s NOBEL Women Shining Star - Health Award.

Tennessee Picnic Association August 8th Restart

Tennessee Picnic Association August 8th Restart
By Rev. Roger Mills, AM Publisher  - September 2021

NEWPORT, TN- Like many organizations that saw their annual celebrations shut down in 2020 due to COVID-19, many are restarting their celebrations in 2021 by scaling back on their activities so they can observe COVID-19 guidelines.

The Tennessee Picnic Association August 8th celebration was no different, as attendees wore their masks and kept a social distance.

TPA’s August 8th celebration kick-off was held on Friday, August 6th by unveiling a 50+ pictorial memorial wall on the south side of the old Tanner School, and Saturday, August 7th the memorial wall was moved to the city park where attendees gathered for a social distancing picnic.

The most notable missed event was the Miss Tennessee Picnic Pageant.  The celebration ended on Sunday, August 8th with attendees attending the church of their choice