On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Tennessee board of education accepted a donation check in the amount of $356,990.26 from members of the Wheeley family to be used for scholarships for Macon County graduates that will be attending UT or Belmont University. The money was part of the estate of the late Otto and Kathleen Wheeley, who were graduates of Macon County schools in the 1930’s. Mr. Wheeley went on to college and majored in chemical engineering. The Wheeley family has been finalizing the will of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wheeley which instructed them to donate this money to Macon County, as this was where Otto and Kathleen called home and is their final resting place. The board will be putting together a scholarship committee that will include members of the Wheeley family who will assist in deciding which Macon County graduates will receive the money next year. The up and coming committee will decide what the graduation status is to be in order to qualify for scholarship money.
By Dana McKinney
Pictured from (L-R): Robert Wheeley, Director of Macon County Schools Tony Boles and Stephen Wheeley, presenting the check to Macon County Board of Education.
Director of Schools Tony Boles pictured with Wheeley family members.