The Parrott-Wood Memorial Library at Strawberry Plains recently received a $ 1,000 grant through the Friends of Parrott-Wood Library of the Paul and Audra Peoples Foundation. This grant will be used for summer reading programs for children.
The Paul and Audra Peoples Foundation was established in honor and memory of Paul and Audra Peoples of Hamblen County in the early 2000s. Paul was a long-time member of the Hamblen County Masonic Lodge and his wife was a teacher. When they died, they had no living children and left the majority of their belongings to York Rite Masonic Bodies in Hamblen County. The York Rite Masons are divided into three main bodies which are the Royal Arch Masons Chapter, the Cryptic Masons Council and the Templar Commandery, each governed independently but all considered to be part of the Rite of ‘York and all are Christians in their beliefs and practices. The estate consisted mainly of land, and a foundation was established to manage the estate. The board decided to sell the land and use the proceeds to create scholarships for local high school graduates in Cocke, Hamblen and Jefferson counties, as well as donate the proceeds from investing in local charities.