RICHFIELD -- With 15 percent of adults in Sevier County reading below a second-grade level, plans are under way to develop a volunteer adult literacy program at Cedar Ridge High in Richfield.

The illiteracy figure was disclosed through a study conducted by educator Carolyn Washburn, and it has prompted concern among educators and school board members. The program will be available free of charge to all adult residents of Sevier County.Cedar Ridge Principal Ray Terry said the program has the enthusiastic support of the Interagency Council, which involves representatives of education and employment. Volunteers, including many involved with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, have spent hundreds of hours in organizing, training and planning.

Terry urged area residents and employers to assist in locating people who could benefit from learning additional reading skills.

For more information contact Washburn at 527-3359, Cedar Ridge High School at 896-9464 or Senior Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Erickson at 896-9222, ext. 28.