Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Breeding announce the engagement of their daughter, Mackenzie Murphy Breeding, to Alexander Alan Thorpe, son of Ken Thorpe, Roswell, Ga., and Joann Lamphere, Denver, Colo.
The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Denison University, where she received a bachelor’s degree, was captain of the women’s softball team and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority; and is a 2010 graduate of Marymount University, where she received a master’s degree in forensic psychology. She is employed by the Office of the Federal Public Defender.
She is a granddaughter of Pamela Murphy Carter, Kingsport, and the late Dr. E. Kent Carter; and Mr. and Mrs. E.O. “Buzzy” Breeding, Kingsport.
Her fiancé is a 2007 graduate of Denison University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and was captain of the men’s lacrosse team. He is a student at Ross School of Business-University of Michigan, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.
He is a grandson of Connie and Gary Thorpe, Fort Myers, Fla.; and the late Ann Marie and Joseph Lamphere.
The couple plan a private wedding for 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Chateau Selah, Blountville.
Debbie Kau McKeehan, Johnson City, announces the engagement of her daughter, Jessica Danielle Hunt, to Steven Marc Sprague, son of Joyce Barr, Coeburn, Va.
The bride-elect is a graduate of David Crockett High School and attended UT-Chattanooga. She has been employed by UTC in the engineering lab, Burke’s Outlet, Food City and Walmart.
She is a granddaughter of Argil and Isabell Hunt, Johnson City; and the late Stanley and Wanda Berry.
Her fiancé is a graduate of Coeburn High School and attended Mountain Empire Community College. He has been employed by Roadrunner and Walmart.
He is a grandson of the late Joe and Vivian West.
The couple plan a private wedding at the Renaissance Center, Kingsport.
Bobby and Sharon Smith, Elizabethton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah, to Michael Hazelwood, son of Ronnie and Sherry Hazelwood, Elizabethton.
The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Unaka High School, and a 2009 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where she received a degree in elementary education. She is employed by the Carter County School System.
She is a granddaughter of Helen Smith, Elizabethton, and the late William “Ham” Smith; and Betty Barnett, Johnson City, and the late Bill Barnett.
Her fiancé is a 2007 graduate of Unaka High School. He is self-employed as a dairy farmer in Carter County.
He is a grandson of the late Sherrill and Georgia Hazelwood; and the late John and Francis Hixson.
The couple plan an open-church wedding for Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Beck Mountain Baptist Church, Elizabethton.
Mr. and Mrs. Simmons
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell T. Simmons, 901 Bayless Road, Jonesborough, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Tacoma Church of God, Johnson City.
The couple were married on Oct. 15, 1954, at Tacoma Church of God by Rev. V.A. Chesterman.
Mr. Simmons taught school at Happy Valley Middle School, Carter County.
Mrs. Simmons is the former Frances Shell. She was employed for 32 years at Veterans Administration Hospital as a registered nurse.
The couple have three children, Yvonne Grindstaff, Sherrilea Presley and Thomas Simmons, all of Jonesborough; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The celebration is open to family and friends.
The couple request no gifts.
Mr. and Mrs. Goss
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Goss, Jonesborough, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at a party hosted by close friends, and were honored at a special dinner with family in Georgia.
The couple were married on Aug. 21, 1964, at Oak Grove Christian Church, Beckley, W.Va., by Minister Julian Grubb.
Mr. Goss served in located ministry for 45 years, in West Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana and Tennessee. He served as a contract chaplain and staff chaplain for Mountain States Health Alliance for 13 years and was staff chaplain for the past 3½ years at Franklin Woods Community Hospital. He is retired.
Mrs. Goss is the former June Tolbert. She taught piano and voice for several years and has been employed by Appalachian Service Project for 17½ years.
The couple have two children, Jonathan and wife Susan of Harrisonburg, Va., Julee and husband Matthew of Carrollton, Ga.; and five grandchildren, Meredith, Caleb and Jenna Goss, and Catherine and Lauren Gray.