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GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — One could be sure that Katherine Anderson, Morning Pointe of Greeneville resident, had 104 reasons as she celebrated her 104th birthday surrounded by friends, family and local dignitaries.

The assisted living community threw a party for Anderson, inviting Nathan Holt, Greene County trustee to present the Mayor’s proclamation to the centenarian. Other city representatives and community leaders came to recognize the day, and everyone enjoyed mouthfuls of cake, courtesy of Publix.

Gar Cutshaw, volunteer, performed live music for party guests, who were greeted by 104 balloons to highlight the event. Vintage photos of Anderson lined the tables as everyone reflected over 104 years of life.

Born July 31, 1913, in Cortland, Illinois, Anderson worked at Gibson Cleaners as a clerk for more than 30 years. She says her earliest memories were living on a farm with her two sisters, playing with a family dog, enjoying her dolls and walking to the neighbor’s house. Her only advice to a long life is not to smoke.

During her event, Amanda Hurley, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe, crowned Anderson with a tiara and a pink sash — the very one Hurley wore on her 25th birthday.

Morning Pointe never misses a moment to recognize its residents — some celebrating a century in the making.

Photo: Katherine Anderson (center), Morning Pointe of Greeneville resident, celebrated her 104th birthday with daughter Char McClennen and son-in-law Allen.