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Rogers receives Ruritan grant

At its regularly scheduled meeting last Tuesday, representatives of the Unicoi Ruritan Club presented a local student with a $1,000 scholarship.
Aaron Mcquellin presented the scholarship to Nick Rogers of Unicoi, in honor of the late Wayne Scott of Unicoi. Scott was a longtime farmer in East Tennessee and member of the Unicoi Ruritan club.
Nick is the son of David and Renea Rogers and grandson of Carl and Sue Jones, all of Unicoi.
Nick’s mother, Renea, said the scholarship is well-suited for her son.
“Having Nick win the scholarship is just awesome,” Renea said. “See, Wayne was Nick’s grandfather’s (my father’s) teacher, which led (Nick) to be a farmer.”
Nick was also proud to be selected as the scholarship recipient.
“It really means a lot to me, and I really appreciate it,” Nick said.
Nick is attending Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. There, he plans to major in agriculture mechanization and business. After receiving his degree, he plans to return home to help operate the Unicoi farm that is grandfather began, with business partner Buckley Church in 1975, Jones & Church Farms.
The club also presented two checks for the amount of $425 each to Gene Miller for Operation We Care. The checks will be distributed between Washington and Greene counties to help tornado victims.