Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


March 27, 2014

Around the Town: Authors with local ties celebrate new books

CROSSVILLE — Two people with ties to Cumberland County have authored books that can now be purchased from the online retail giant Amazon. Terry J. Walker, a 1981 Cumberland County High School graduate and current Nashville resident, and local businessman Mark Witt are celebrating the release of their respective books.

Walker, daughter of Art and Lois Walker of Crossville, just released The Resume of Life: A Guide to Realizing Your Purpose through Spirit, Mind and Body. Walker, who has a day job in medical sales, said, “I tell everybody it took more 50 years to write the book, but basically I have been writing it as I have been studying over the past three-four years.”

The book, which is available in book form and on the electronic reader Kindle, is already receiving numerous favorable reviews. One quote sums it up pretty well, I think: “Our life is a journey, a school of life. Everyone we meet has a purpose and a role in the classroom. We too have a role or a purpose in this classroom. It is our choice as to how we respond to or treat others while we are in class.”

Walker has a master’s degree in educational psychology from Tennessee Technological University and a bachelor’s in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University. She also is available to speak to groups. You may email her at

Witt, owner of Witt Financial Group, has co-authored a book with financial guru Steve Forbes. The book, titled SuccessOnomics, was released Thursday and is now available on Amazon. Witt says that “on top of spreading important financial advice and information, SuccessOnomics will allow us to raise money for a cause that is near and dear to our hearts here at Witt Financial Group. As many of you know, my son, Grayson, has special needs. I am delighted to announce the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Jacob’s Turn, a charitable organization aimed at helping children with special needs reach their full potential and live fulfilled, joyful lives.’’

Witt will celebrate the release with his book at a red carpet event next month. He is married to Glenda Tollett Witt, owner of Gigi’s Boutique in Crossville. Their oldest son, Jordan, is employed at Witt Financial after graduating from East Tennessee State University.


Tickets are still available to the annual spring fashion show at Forte's on Monday. The event, a fundraiser for the TAD Center, features the latest in spring clothing from Gigi’s Boutique and The Screen Door. Tickets are $20 and include lunch, fashion show, silent auction and door prizes. You may pick up your tickets at Gigi’s or the Screen Door. All proceeds will go to the TAD Center and its programs.


A Cumberland County High School Student and a Stone Memorial High School Student will compete in the Tennessee Valley Fair Association’s Youth Talent Contest this fall after winning the TAD Center’s 13-21 year old contest. Mary Kemp, a Cumberland County High School freshman, and Caroline Daugherty, an Stone Memorial High School sophomore, delivered a vocal performance to earn themselves the top slot in the contest. Mason Stryker, a Homesteads Elementary student, clogged his way into the first place slot of the 8-12 year old division.


If you are a 5K runner, you may want to mark your calendar for the Run to Read 5K next Saturday, April 5. Race registration will begin at 7 a.m., with the 5K starting at 8 a.m. There will also be a one-mile Character Chase, starting at 9:30 a.m. There will be awards and costume prizes. The race is sponsored by Tennessee Coordinated School Health, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Governor’s Books from Birth programs. Contact Tammy Steward at for more information.


Both the University of Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols have advanced to Sweet 16 Tournament action this weekend. The Vols will take on powerhouse Michigan Friday night, while the Lady Vols will play on Sunday after a win over St. John’s University Monday night on the Vols home court.

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