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Dr. Farris Beasley, local historian, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Vietnam Era Veterans set for Thursday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at Mike’s Diner in Shelbyville.
A retired veterinarian after 41 years as a farm animal practitioner in Lincoln County, Dr. Beasley taught animal science at Motlow State Community College for eleven years after retirement. He is presently a member of the Tennessee State War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, which meets at the Hermitage, and chairman of the Camp Blount War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee in Fayetteville.
The Tennessee Historical Commission recently honored Dr. Beasley, representing the Camp Blount Bicentennial Celebration, with a Certificate of Merit for 2014. Dr. Beasley accepted the award on behalf of the local committee and for all the support the group received from the whole community during last year’s Camp Blount Celebration.
Along with its monthly meeting, Vietnam Era Veterans meets each Wednesday and the second Saturday of each month for a veterans’ breakfast at 8 a.m. at Mike’s Diner in Shelbyville. For more information about the group, please call Tom Taylor at (931) 684-2557.