Finchum retires

Retired JCHS teacher Mark Finchum plans to spend some of his extra time with grandchildren JT (20 months) and Maddie Grace (2 months). – SUBMITTED

Although history teacher Mark Finchum retired this year after teaching 5,000 students over a 33-year career, he will continue to be a presence in a variety of community activities.

Proud to be a Cherokee living in Jefferson County, Finchum is president of Indian Creek Productions, organizers of The Spirit of the Nations Powwow held at Patriot Academy since 2015. He has been involved since the organization sponsored the first Knoxville powwow in 1988. He and wife of 27 years, Sherry, were married in a Cherokee wedding ceremony during the 1993 powwow.

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