Appalachia Chatter and Chitter

Guess what? Chatter and Chitter Graduated from College!


the pressley girls graduate from college

Last weekend the girls graduated from college. They can barely believe they made it through…I can barely believe I have children who graduated from college!


chatter graduates from yhc


We were lucky and ended up sitting right where the 2017 YHC Graduates processed into the auditorium.


chitter graduates from yhc


Even luckier, the procession of students slowed to a crawl and the girls ended up standing right by me for a few seconds-just long enough to snap a photo of each.


Chitter and chatter graduate from YHC

The girls graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Young Harris College. You may be thinking what the heck is that? Trust me you won’t be the first to ask what the degree means.

Interdisciplinary Studies is a program made from three concentrations or areas of study. The girls both studied Media Communications, Appalachian Studies, and Sustainability.

You may also be wondering what the girls are going to do now?

Chatter and Chitter plan to continue the day to day work of being young entrepreneurs of music, jewelry, and healthy products and see just how far their dreams can take them.



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    Glynda P. Chambers
    May 11, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Congratulations girls, I cannot believe its been four years already. Good luck in your future in whatever it holds for you and embrace life .

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    Lorie Thompson
    May 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Congratulations to your girls! My son is a YHC graduate with a BS in Biology degree. He graduated in 2014. He represented YHC in the National Collegiate Bass Championship and landed (pun intended…) 2nd place. He really enjoyed the school and we believe he got a fine education there!
    Good luck to your girls! I am sure that they will be successful in their life!

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    May 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Ah! Beauty and talent now graced with knowledge. Ain’t it grand! Congratulations.

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    Peggy Lambert
    May 11, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Congratulations to the “Twins”!!!
    So happy for you. God has blessed you.
    Peggy L.

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    May 11, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Oh, wonderful! I haven’t been here for a bit, I check back, and see such fabulous news. And what great choices, studying what they already have such a deep understanding of. Warmest congrats.

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    Patti Tappel
    May 10, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Congratulations to both girls and to the PARENTS too. It’s hard to believe, since we first met them when they were in grade school . . . .
    BT and PT

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    Nina Chastain
    May 10, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Congratulations to those sweet girls ! We are so happy for them , we just don’t know how they have just grown up
    And graduated from college so soon . I know your Dad and Mom and their Dad and Mom had a big hand in this ! Congrats again !

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    Pam Danner
    May 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Congratulations to Chitter and Chatter and may God bless them in their future endeavors! They look beautiful in their graduation photos. You all must be so proud!

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    George PEttie
    May 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    A prideful moment, and a milestone in life. All the best to these fine young women, launching into the wide world and a future of promise and optimism.

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    Paul Certo
    May 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Congratulations, ladies!

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    May 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Congratulations to Chatter and Chitter! Congratulations to parents, who supported and helped them get to this auspicious point in their lives! And how beautiful each of them looks “capped and gowned”! Something there is about stateliness and dignity in cap and gown! I like the sound of the major and its potential for their work and personal lives ahead! I wish them the very best! They’ve been partners in study, in music, in performance. Now as they launch more intensely into the work and entrepreneurial world, may they be partners still!
    I know Grandparents on “both sides” supported them, too. How Pap must be rejoicing over their accomplishments! I send my heartiest congratulations and my prayers and best wishes for a bright and useful-to-humanity future for both of them.

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    May 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Hey! Way to go girls!!! Congratulations to you both! Congratulations to Tipper and Deer Hunter, too. Job well done. Of course you are very proud of them and Pap would have been to. I am sure you both will find the path for your future. God has given you both great talents and He will lead you. It has been a joyful journey watching you mature and I hope to keep on hearing great things. Our very best to all the family. Bob & Inez (up here in Canada)

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    June Jolley
    May 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes to Chitter and Chatter!!!

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    May 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Congratulations to the Ladies, their parents and grandparents! I am especially happy we got to see/hear The Blind Pig gang perform in the Fall at JCCFS and meet you all. Continued Blessings!

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    Rachel Stokes
    May 10, 2017 at 6:05 pm


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    May 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Congratulations to Chatter and Chitter and the whole darned family who supported, loved and provided for them on this endeavor! I know Pap was watching and smiling at them as they walked up that aisle. He probably wrote a catchy tune for them that they will dream and play for us!
    Well done !!!

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    Sam Ensley
    May 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    A hearty congratulations to both of you. It seems you girls have grown twice as fast as you should have. I am confident that both of you will do well in life. Just keep on singing.

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    Larry Griffith
    May 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Congratulations young ladies and congratulations Mom!

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    Larry Griffith
    May 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Congratulations young ladies and congratulations Mom!

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    Larry Griffith
    May 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Congratulations young ladies and congratulations Mom!

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    Larry Griffith
    May 10, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Congratulations young ladies and congratulations Mom!

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    Jane Bolden
    May 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations girls! I know your family is proud.

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    Charles Ronald Perry, Sr.
    May 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Congratulations to the girls and to the whole family, especially your late father for creating a standard of excellence and examples that motivated the girls to succeed in obtaining their degrees as well as you and your hubby for your examples as well.

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    May 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Congratulations to the twins as well as you and the Deer Hunter!! I believe that was a team effort. I look forward to seeing what exciting things the girls will find for themselves in the future 🙂
    Hope to see ya’ll playing soon!

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    Ed Karshner
    May 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Way to go ladies! I think you chose your degree well. All of life ends up being interdisciplinary and your fields fit what I’ve come to see as your strengths.
    It makes me feel better knowing such capable women are out there in the world.
    Congratulations to Tipper and the Deer Hunter, too. You raised some fine, young, Appalachian girls.

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    May 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    The past four years have been the fastest ones. Congratulations! May your life be as fruitful as they have been. It would be great to continue to watch you both succeed in new ventures and, perhaps, with one more degree you can continue the quest your mom has so wonderfully shared with her readers- Appalachian history. Teaching it as an adjunct in your or a different college. I am proud of both of you and also that I have had the privilege watching you grow. God bless your future!

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    May 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Oh, a BIG Congratulations to both of your dear, sweet girls!! How exciting!! And, I know you must be SO proud of them! So thankful to hear that they are going to continue their path of music and their other creative pursuits! They are just precious. God bless them always, and you, too, my friend. 🙂

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    Ron Banks
    May 10, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Congratulations to both girls and to mom and dad too for doing a fine job in raising two special young ladies!

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    Ed Ammons
    May 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    What everybody seems to have forgotten was that Chitter and Chatter had early college in high school which allows you to earn your degree in only two years. Now, that’s smart!

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    Garland Davis
    May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Congratulations girls.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 10, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Congratulations to The Twins! My heart is swelled with pride and joy as if they were my own, which I think they are just a tiny bit, if you will allow it. I think I spotted a silver coin ring or two on some skilled and talented fingers. That means a part of me has graduated too don’t you think? I deem it to be so and hope they will too.
    Congratulations are in order for you and Matt too. You two have earned a Life Achievement Award! What a Giant Step in a successful life! Take pride in what you have done!
    I’ve been working on Graduation presents for Katie and Corie but I didn’t know it would be this soon. You saw them in the beginning stages. You called them wonky!

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    B. Ruth
    May 10, 2017 at 11:03 am

    My goodness! It seems only yesterday that the girls graduated from high school! They sure finished college in a hurry…knowing how they love a challenge, I suppose they doubled up on courses…
    They are such smart and creative sweet young ladies…Of course we all know how talented they are!
    Congratulations Chitter and Chatter! Time sure flies when you’re having fun! Sooo, they must have had a great time completing this portion of their education!
    Wonderful post Tipper,
    PS…Thumbs up to Mom and Dad! Great supportive parenting….and let’s not forget the grandparents support as well and the many parts they played in their learning process!

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    Joe Penland
    May 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

    WOW! It seems like they just started high school a few months ago!

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Wow, Congratulation!!

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    Ann Applegarth
    May 10, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Congratulations to two beautiful and talented and sweet girls! I know that every follower of Blind Pig is proud of them! May the Lord bless them — and all your family — on this auspicious occasion!

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Where, prithee, has the time gone? Seems like they graduated from high school just last year!
    I’m happy to see that you girls have graduated, it feels like your a part of my own family, or I, yours…

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Here, Here!!! to Jim Casada’s words. Well said. My BEST to both girls. There is a big world out there and many, many possibilities open to you. Keep your hands in the hands of “the man who stills the waters, the man who calms the seas”.

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    Wanda Devers
    May 10, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I wish them the very best life!

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    Kenneth Ryan
    May 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Congratulations girls! Keep doing what interests you and what makes you happy.

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    Mike McLain
    May 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

    It seems like yesterday that the girls were graduating from high school.
    A pastor we had once wisely said, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.”
    It is moments like this that make me understand that he was right!

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    Gayle Larson
    May 10, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Congratulations girls. I am so proud of you and know your futures will be bright.
    Dreams become reality so keep on dreaming.

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    Dee Parks
    May 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations Chitter and Chatter!! My goodness the time has flown as it doesn’t seem that long ago that you started. God bless!

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    Mrs. K
    May 10, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Congratulations to all!

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    May 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Congratulations! It doesn’t seem that long ago when the girls graduated high school. May their journey down life’s highway be blessed with all the wonderful things you and their dad hope for.

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    May 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Congratulations! -not only for Chitter and Chatter, but for the parents and extended family who have encouraged and supported them throughout their lifetime.
    I’m surprised you didn’t mention their pursuits in music as part of their future goals; but, perhaps, music is so innate within your family that no mention was needed.
    Best wishes for whatever lies ahead.

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    May 10, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Tipper, May God bless your family and congratulations to the graduates.

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    May 10, 2017 at 9:01 am

    As a Blind Pig reader it seems impossible that these young ladies are graduating from college. Even more remarkable is they seemed to always know their direction and how to achieve their goals. Congratulations to these young ladies. I hope their dreams carry them far. Its been like a series of snapshots in time, and makes me agree with an old expression that children grow up too fast.

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    May 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years! I wish them all the best! With their skills and talents, they will go a long way!

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    Jim Casada
    May 10, 2017 at 8:35 am

    First of all, congratulations are definitely in order. I’ve followed the twins’ academic progress with great interest over the last few years and will henceforth follow their progress in the school of life with equal absorption.
    As someone who still harbors fond memories of holding that college diploma, never mind that it was several ‘coon’s ages ago, and as an individual who just happened to continue on the formal learning trail for a good many more years, I’ll take the liberty of offering a few thoughts along with my good wishes.
    The next three to five years are likely to be formative ones in so many ways. It’s a time to pursue dreams, chase elusive rainbows, test the turbulent waters of life, and in general go about the task of finding one’s place. I hope the girls will be willing to dare a bit, experiment quite a bit, face disappointment with renewed determination, and all the while remain true to their roots.
    The twins have been “raised right,” and full marks to you and Matt in that regard. Now it’s time to put that raisin’, those bright smiles, that intense curiosity, and that abundant talent to good use. I wish Corie and Katie all the best, and in doing so fully expect to be a happy witness to an abundance of achievements in the coming years.
    Jim Casada

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    Sue Crane
    May 10, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Congratulations! Look out world here they come! What a bittersweet moment this must have been.

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    Eleanor Loos
    May 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Congratulations! How exciting for the Presley family and especially Chitter and Chatter … and how lovely they look! Blessings on all of you! I’m sure God will continue to direct their lives!
    Eleanor Loos, Columbia Station OH

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    Miss Cindy
    May 10, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Proud does not begin to describe what I felt Saturday as my granddaughters graduated. It was a proud day for the Pressley/Wilson family!

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    May 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Awesome! Congratulations to Chitter and Chatter on their graduation! You and the Deer Hunter must be really proud parents to have raised such beautiful, intelligent young’uns. I am so happy for all of y’all, and I am sure Pap is smiling with pride in Heaven as well.
    Much love to you all from the riverbank in Marshall –

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    Ron Stephens
    May 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Sweet-sad. They grow up too fast. It doesn’t matter if we leave the lights on or turn them off. Reminds me of that old TV commercial. “Turn around and you’re three. Turn around and you’re four. Turn around and you’re a young girl going out of the door.” Whatever else they are or become, they are much loved.
    Congratulations, young ladies. You two have a great heritage and one to be proud of. As David said, “My lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places.” Your actual and virtual friends wish you all the best. May your paths in life ever lead to pleasant places.

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    Sheryl Paul
    May 10, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Congratulations!! What a proud day. I am happy to see they are following their dreams

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    Glynn Harris
    May 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Congratulations to the pretty, talented, and gifted young ladies. May God bless their future plans.

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