LAFOLLETTE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – The Boy Scouts of America Campbell County Good Scout Award Dinner has evolved into Campbell County’s premier recognition banquet. The 2023 event is scheduled for next month at the Ball Farm Event Center.
SHAYNE SEXTON & JAMES DAVIS HONORED BY SCOUTS
Legal Professional, Educator, Chosen for Awards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Logan Hickman, chair of the fifteenth annual Boy Scouts of America Campbell County Good Scout Award Dinner, is pleased to announce that the 2023 honoree is Judge E. Shayne Sexton. This yearly ceremony and dinner will occur at the Ball Farm Event Center, 2107 General Carl W. Stiner Highway, LaFollette on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 6:00 PM. Former Tennessee State Supreme Court Chief Justice (Retired) Gary R. Wade will serve as the keynote speaker. Following retirement, Justice Wade served as Dean of Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law from 2015 to 2020. The money raised at the event will support Campbell County scouting in 2023. The yearly dinner has evolved into Campbell County’s premier recognition banquet.
Judge Sexton was born and raised in Campbell County and attended its public schools. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in 1985 and graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1988. He served in both private practice and as an assistant district attorney in the Eighth District prior to entering the judiciary. Judge Sexton, elected and reelected two times, served as the presiding Criminal Court Judge of the Eighth Judicial District, comprised of Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and Union counties, for twenty-four years.
Judge Sexton has completed ten courses at the National Judicial College, serving as a facilitator at the National Judicial Conference Advanced Evidence and Evidence in the Courtroom courses. He has served on the faculty of the Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law, teaching courses in trial practice and professional responsibility. He presided over the Eighth Judicial District Recovery Court. Judge Sexton has served on the State of Tennessee Drug Court Advisory Commission from 2006 to 2018 and the Community Health of East Tennessee Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015. He currently serves on the State of Tennessee Opioid Abatement Council. He and his family live in Jacksboro.
The scouts are equally excited to honor Mr. James Davis as the fourth recipient of the Elbert K. Fretwell Award for exceptional service to education. James (Jimmy) Davis served as an educator for thirty-five years. That time included teaching at Coalfield High School and thirteen years as the East LaFollette Elementary principal. Mr. Davis graduated from LaFollette High School in 1954 and played basketball for John R. W. Brown. The Army was next. His three years in the Army included postings at Fort Carson, Colorado, and West Germany. A Soldier for Life, he is a member of the Campbell County Honor Guard and has participated in over 700 military burials. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Cumberlands and two graduate degrees from Union University. He is a member of the Cedar Hill Baptist Church, home of Scouts BSA Troop 310 and Cub Scout Pack 108. He and his family live in Caryville.
Peoples Bank of the South is proud to underwrite the dinner’s expense for the fifteenth year. The bank understands the hugely important impact scouting has on the children of Campbell County.
The previous Good Scout Award recipients are Mr. Edward Balloff, Mrs. Juanita Baird, Colonel Tommy C. Stiner, the five Baird brothers, General Carl W. Stiner, the Campbell County Honor Guard, Mr. Lansden E. Hill, the Campbell County High School football team coaching staff, Mr. Mike Malicote, Mr. John T. Reynolds, Mr. Hack Ayers, Pastor Ronnie Arnold, Dr. James Farris, and Mr. Clarence Lowe.
The previous Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award recipients are Larry and Sue Ellen Nidiffer and Linda Agee.
Logan Hickman, Dinner Chair
Peoples Bank of the South; 423-871-1975; email@example.com
About BSA and the Great Smoky Mountain Council: The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®.” The Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America is a United Way agency that serves boys and girls across 21 counties of East Tennessee. Programs include Cub Scouting for ages 5-10, Scouts BSA for ages 11-18, Venturing (outdoor adventure) for ages 14-20, Exploring (career education) for ages 14-20, and STEM Scouts for grades 3 -12. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.easttnscouts.org. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/28/2023-6AM)