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Death Of Missing Claiborne County Man Under Investigation

Last week Claiborne County resident Aaron Massengill went missing. On Monday a citizen discovered his body on Ferguson Ridge Road in Tazewell. His death is now part of an ongoing investigation. His body was sent for an autopsy.

Any one with any information about Massengill or who saw any suspicious activity on Ferguson Ridge Road is encouraged to contact either the TBI (1-800-TBI-FIND) or the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department (423-626-3385)

LaFollette Troop Honors Scout Sunday: Event Kicks Off The 100th Anniversary Of The BSA’s LaFollette Council

Scout Sunday has served as the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America was founded in Feb. 8, 1910, and Scout Sunday has been celebrated in early to mid-Feb. by Scouts in many chartered (sponsoring) organizations. LaFollette’s Boy Scout Troop 310, sponsored by Cedar Hill Baptist Church, thanked their host organization by serving as the flag honor guard at the church service on Sun., Feb. 14. The Troop’s participation is part of the 2021 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Scouts’ LaFollette Council.

Scouts Present Flags
Led by Scoutmaster Chris Thacker, Troop members participated in the honor guard, including: Honor guard commander Stewart Thacker, who led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Christian Pledge, and recited the Scout Oath and Scout Law; and Jacob White, chaplain aide, who led the congregation in prayer.
Scouts in the flag honor guard included: Tim Humphreys, Gunner Samms, Aiden Roberts, Ryan Cronin, Isaac Queliz, and Elijah Lamb. Also participating in Scout Sunday were: Crystal Thacker, Troop 310 Committee Vice Chair; and Jack White and Claude Roberts, both Assistant Scoutmasters. Scoutmaster Chris Thacker thanked the Cedar Hill Baptist Church for supporting the Troop; and noted his appreciation for the Scout parents, who support the efforts of their sons.

Also attending the Scout Sunday service was Logan Hickman, the 2021 President of the Great Smoky Mountain Council, to which the LaFollette Troop belongs. Hickman is a long-time volunteer leader for the Council, based in Knoxville, which serves 10,000 young people via its 3,300 registered and trained adult volunteers. The Council covers 393 Cub Scout Packs, Scout BSA Troops, STEM Scout Labs, Explorer Posts, and Venture Crews chartered to neighborhood churches, community organizations, and civic clubs in East Tennessee.

Support from the Church
Leading the Scout Sunday worship service at Cedar Hill Baptist Church was Pastor Bryan Burge. As part of the Scout Sunday event, Scoutmaster Chris Thacker welcomed Church Deacon Troy Arnold into Troop 310 where he’ll serve in a volunteer leadership role as its Troop Committee Chair. Troy’s late father, Rev. Ronnie Arnold, held that same role with the Troop until he passed away in 2020. Rev. Ronnie Arnold, who’d served as the minister at the Church, was honored in 2019 by the Boy Scouts of America with the annual Campbell County Good Scout Award.

100th Anniversary: The BSA’s LaFollette Council
This year Troop 310 is helping former and current Scouts and Scout leaders throughout LaFollette and Campbell County to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the LaFollette Council of the Boy Scouts of America. LaFollette was one of the early cities in Tennessee to start an official Scout council, as the LaFollette Council was established in 1921 (only 6 years after the larger Knox County Council was founded in 1915; the Knox County Council later became the Great Smoky Mountain Council). More information about the 100th Anniversary of the LaFollette Council will be announced in the near future.

Why Scout Sunday?
Former Scouts and Scout leaders in LaFollette and Campbell County will remember that Scout Sunday is an extension of the ideals of Scouting: “Scout is Reverent” (the 12th point in The Scout Law) and that Scouts promise to do their “duty to God” (from the Scout Oath).
Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

For More Information about Scouting in LaFollette / Campbell County, contact: Chris Thacker, Scoutmaster Troop 310: (423) 494-6221.

About Scouting
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of approximately 2.2 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories.

Contemporary Christian Singer Carman Licciardello Passes Away

Arguably one of the most well known singer, songwriters to bring Contemporary Christian Music to all generations, Carman Licciardello has passed. Carman held a concert at our local LaFollette Church of God just short years ago where he performed to a full house. He is known for record breaking attendance at Texas stadium with the largest Christian concert gathering ever at the time. Carman was a frequent guest and host on TBN and performed many live concerts, never charging for attendance, only taking a love offering. Carman also took Christian performing to acting in a few featured films and was the recipient of countless Dove and various music awards. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Carman Licciardello.
Just minutes ago his Facebook released the following:

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (February 16, 2021) – GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, CARMAN, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at a Las Vegas, Nevada hospital, after fighting a series of complications resulting from surgery to repair a hiatal hernia.

Carman Dominic Licciardello, known to fans worldwide as “Carman,” was 65.

Born January 19, 1956 in Trenton, New Jersey, Carman began his musical career playing drums in his mother’s band at the age of 15. Carman holds the world record for having the largest audience to see a single Christian artist. He set the record for the largest concert at Texas Stadium with more than 71,000 fans and led more than 80,000 fans in worship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Among his many awards, Carman received the House of Hope of Humanitarian Award for his positive influence in the lives of American youth in 2006, other noted recipients of this award include Ronald & Nancy Reagan and Billy Graham. The Gospel Music Association honored Carman with induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018. Billboard named Carman “Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year” in 1992 and 1995, and in 1993, his album, Addicted to Jesus, earned the distinction of Contemporary Christian Album of the Year. Carman was Grammy-nominated multiple times as the Best Pop Contemporary Gospel Artist. His recording, “A Long Time Ago in a Land Called Bethlehem” was nominated for “Album of the Year” by the Recording Academy in 1986.

In 1985, the release of his first #1 song, “The Champion,” solidified his place in music history and defined his soul-winning career as one of endurance, grit, dedication, and pure talent. Anyone who knew Carman knows that he counted only this as his greatest lifetime achievement – winning millions of souls to Christ.

Matt Felts, Carman’s manager, states: “When Carman resumed touring again a few years ago, he was concerned that no one would care that he was back. He was wrong. Every night fans packed out venues and his ministry was as powerful as it ever was. This world has lost a light in the darkness but today Carman saw first hand the fruit of his labors.

Carman was planning to embark on a 60-city tour later this month.

Clawson Nets Coach Of Year Honors

We recently learned that a quartet of Cougar Basketball players earned All-District honors. Now their head coach has earned quite the honor of his own. New Cougar Head Coach Ernie Mac Clawson has picked up Co-District Coach of the Year honors. He shares the honor with The Clinton Dragon’s Head Coach Chris Lockard.

In just his first year as in the head coaching role Clawson, along with his younger brother and assistant coach Brandon Clawson, has led the Cougars to one of their best seasons in years. The Cougars are now poised to begin post season play with a fourth seed, first round bye, and home game in the 2021 district tournament.

Cougar Athletic Director Ryan Browning had this to say about the Clawsons, “We are extremely proud of Ernie and Brandon. They have brought a uplifting attitude to our boys and it has the entire program headed in the right direction. They are fair and hold their players accountable on and off the court. We are blessed to have Ernie as our boys basketball coach.”

Beulah Dykes

Beulah Dykes, age 84, of LaFollette passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021. Preceded in death by husband: Lowell Dykes, parents: Ed and Maggie Partin Smith, nine brothers and sisters.

Sons: Jeff Dykes and wife Lavonda, Charles Dykes and wife Stacey
7 Grandchildren
12 Great-grandchildren
Brother: Hugh Smith
Sister: Sandra Davidson
Loving Sisters-in-law: Dorcus and Cindi

Family will receive friends Saturday 5-7 PM at Cross-Smith Funeral Home. Family and friends will meet 1 PM Sunday at Dykes Cemetery, Flat Hollow for Graveside Service and Interment, Rev. Mike Smith officiating

Condolences may be given online at www.cross-smithfuneralhome
Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home