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News From the White House…and some from the Inn

Thought the headline might capture your attention, but I wanted to take the liberty of sharing the latest news from our house…the White’s house.

This is a big weekend for Lainey and me because we get to celebrate two graduations.

First we go to Knoxville to be with John Thomas as he gradates from UT.  There seems to be extra emotions involved when your youngest graduates from college.  As you probably already know, he is getting married in September to Alli Cochran here at the inn and they plan to live in Knoxville for the immediate future.

After JTs ceremony, we fly immediately to Boston to participate in Steven’s graduation from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  Steven and his wife, Sarah, leave for Germany in August where he will teach at the Black Forest Academy for the next two years.  Did I tell you that Steven was selected by the faculty of Gordon Conwell to speak at the Baccalaureate service?  What an honor.

There is big news from East Asia too!  Andrew and his wife Jeanette will return to the states in July and...are expecting their first child in October….We are thrilled.  They will live in the Chapel Hill/ Durham area and resume their ministry on the UNC campus.


OK, news from the inn…..Harper Davison is our intern from Arkansas Tech University and is proving to be at big help.   She is full of energy and always has the biggest smile on her face.  You will absolutely love her.

Ashley Hackshaw and her family will arrive at Hemlock Inn in early June.  They are closing their house in California soon and making their way here.  You may remember they will be living at the inn for at least a full year and Ashley will be writing at blog based on her experiences here.  She has already set up a website with the blogs she has already written about her earlier visits and her decision to move here.  This is going to be such a wonderful experience and we cannot tell you how excited we are.

This is going to be a great year both personally and at the inn.  Thank all of you who have been such an important part of our lives.  We look forward to sharing all this adventure with you!






  1. Tyla Beach says

    I have just read Ashley’s Blog and now I am so inspired to come visit as well as continue to read. I am in Oklahoma and definately can relate to not living in a BIG CITY world.

  2. I remember celebrating John Thomas’s 15th birthday at the Hemlock Inn. Such a shy young one! We came to visit you folks and Dad, John Shell, after selling The Red Rocker Country Inn in Black Mountain. Pat and Fred Eshleman