Honoring Eagles

Three earn scout's highest honor

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Michael Lennon Christopher
Michael Lennon Christopher, son of James and Linda Christopher of Maryville, received his Eagle Scout Award on Jan. 7 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a member of Troop 83 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Broadway in Maryville. His scoutmaster, Rev. Ronald Longmire, is retiring after 18 years of service to Troop 83.

Michael, 18, is a senior at Maryville High School. He will graduate in May and plans on attending college. He has been in scouting for over 10 years. He was a counselor at Camp Buck Tom in Rockwood for three years.

Michael is a volunteer member of the Blount County Rescue Squad where he started as an Explorer and now is the captain of the Explorers. He works part-time at Terry’s Auction in Maryville.

Special guests at the Eagle ceremony were State Sen. Raymond Finney; Michael’s grandmother, Lois Maurer; sister, Sarah Elizabeth; brother, Kenneth William Christopher; sister-in-law, Melody Christopher; Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cline; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Carter and other members of the family.

For his project Michael built a picnic area for First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He built a patio and three picnic tables and landscaped around it. He dedicated it to Rev. Ronald Longmire for his years of service.

Michael is the grandson of Mrs. Lois Maurer and the late Hugh Maurer of Maryville and the late Dollie Clevenger of Knoxville.
Project was sponsored by Vulcan Materials of Knoxville, Lowe’s Home Improvement of Maryville, Walmart of Maryville, Harris Construction of Maryville, Home Depot of Maryville, Boral Brick of Maryville and other donations from friends of Michael’s.

The event was especially significant for Michael’s mother as she remembered her days in scouting. Linda Maurer Christopher earned First Class Scout, the highest rank in Girl Scouting, in 1968. Linda, the daughter of Lois Maurer and the late Nennie Maurer, was a member of Troop 109 in the Eagleton neighborhood Girl Scouts. Her troop leader was Retha Cordell.

Scott David Carter
Scott David Carter was recently awarded his Eagle Rank award in a Court of Honor at Clark’s Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The Eagle ceremony was conducted by Tom Taylor, who was joined by Congressman Jimmy Duncan, Rep. Doug Overbey and a number of scouts from Troop 87. Representatives of Clark’s Grove Presbyterian Church and Broadway United Methodist were also participants. Scott especially enjoyed the presentation of his Eagle award by his grandfather, the Reverend Gale Keown.

The14-year-old Carter started his scouting journey as a Cub Scout in the second grade. He continued with scouting through Webelos receiving his Arrow of Light by the time he crossed over into the Boy Scouts in the spring of fifth grade. Scott crossed over from Pack 87 into Troop 87, both of which are chartered by Broadway United Methodist Church.

Carter has been highly active in all troop meetings, camping, hiking, and service projects. He has completed 43 merit badges to date and is continuing to work on more. Besides the leadership positions he has held in his troop, Scott participated in the 2005 National Scout Jamboree in Virginia and attended the 2006 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. Scott has also earned 3 Protestant Religious Emblems awards: God and Me, God and Family, and God and Church.

For his Eagle project, Scott, with the help of fellow scouts, craftsmen he recruited and his family, benefited Broadway United Methodist Church’s Mother’s Day Out proram. Scott designed and faciliated the contstruction of two carpeted bleacher sections that provide 112 sq. ft. of much needed storage space for children’s toys as well as carpeted seating to accommodate over 20 children.

Home Depot’s donation for the project was the largest. He also got donations from church members and Maryville Fastener.
Scott plans to earn the fourth Religious Emblem Award, continue his leadership position inthe troop, work at Camp Buck Toms, and participate in the OA High Adventure Program.

Scott David Carter is the son of Pete and Kim Carter, the grandson of Betty Carter and Reverend Gale and Esther Keown. A reception in the fellowship hall followed the Eagle Court of Honor.

Christopher Neil Goggans
Christopher Neil Goggans received his Eagle Scout Award, March 10, at Grace Community Church of Maryville.

He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 442 of the Tuckaleechee District, Great Smoky Mountain Council. Christopher is also a member of Order of the Arrow, the Honor Society and Scouting.

Key presenters were Scoutmasters and assistant Scoutmasters whose leadership and guidance paved the way for Christopher to attain his Eagle Scout Rank. Scoutmaster Bill Wade was the master of ceremonies. Pastor Chris Riser of Grace Community Church gave the invocation for the ceremony.

Presentations were made to Christpher by several dignitaries including: Congressman Jimmy Duncan, State Sen. Raymond Finney, Rep. Doug Overbey, Blount County Commissioners Gerald Kirby and Kenneth Melton. Dr. Doug Fidler, Boy Scout Unit Commissioner, made presentations on behalf of Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of the UnionVeterans. Dr. Chris Milne and Angie Kiser made presentations on behalf of the American Red Cross with one of the awards being the Gold Level of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

To earn the highest award in scouting, Christopher completed 36 Scouting merit badges, served as a leader in his troop, participated in dozens of Scout activities, assisted in community service projects, and completed a major communtiy service project. For his Eagle Scout project, Christopher recruited and organized his fellow Scouts and community volunteers to design and construct a large brick and mortar sign for the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Christopher collected approximately $700 worth of supplies and contributions. Several hundred hours of volunteer time was contributed by Christopher, his troop, and the community.

In the future, Christopher plans to continue to be involved with his scout troop in a leadership role and will remain involved in Order of the Arrow.

Christopher plans to earn a college degree in the field of engineering or computer science upon completion of his high school education.

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