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POWELL, Tenn. — Morning Pointe of Powell resident Vera Dean-Bagwell, born February 1, 1912, celebrated her 106th birthday this weekend surrounded by friends and family at the assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care community.

Morning Pointe Dining Services helped Vera blow out the candles with a dessert buffet, and a proclamation from the Knox County Mayor’s Office declared the occasion “Vera Dean-Bagwell Day.”

When asked about her secret to vitality, she tells WBIR-TV 10 News, “Patience. Good living. Just being yourself… Be truthful. Enjoy life.”