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Brenda Lee to Speak at UTSI Support Council Meeting at Fayetteville Country Club Aug. 10

Brenda Lee, international music star, will be the featured speaker for the Aug. 10 meeting of The University of Tennessee Support Council at the Fayetteville Country Club.

Also during the meeting, Donald C. Daniel, newly named UT associate vice president and UTSI chief operating officer, will give an update on the status of the Space Institute.

Council President Dick Farrar of Fayetteville and William F. Kimzey of Estill Springs, past president, also will make brief presentations.

A “fun golf outing” is planned to start at 1 p.m. at the club. Cost of the evening meal is $11, and the golf outing, including cost of a cart, is $37.

Persons interested in attending may contact Ray Knowis, Support Council treasurer, at (931) 247-5113 or at

“Brenda Lee has a career marked by virtually every award achievable in Country, Rockabilly, and Rock and Roll music, having been named to the Hall of fame in each category,” Knowis said. “From very humble beginnings, she has achieved accolades and recognition from around the world and is truly an international star.”

In 1959, at the age of 15, Lee embarked on her first foreign tour that netted her much publicity and the title of the best “Goodwill Ambassador the United States has ever had,” Knowis said.

To date, according to her publicist, she has performed in 52 countries and recorded hits in five different foreign languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. Her worldwide record sales are in excess of 100 million. Her biggest selling single, “I’m Sorry,” has sold in excess of 20 million units and “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” number four best selling Christmas recording, is close behind with sales approaching 15 million.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Brenda’s success story, learn about activities and plans for the future of UTSI, and enjoy the camaraderie of golf at the beautiful Fayetteville Country Club,” Farrar said.